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Boatman's Call

Nick & the Bad Seeds Cave Audio CD
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4. Brompton Oratory
5. There Is A Kingdom
6. (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For?
7. Where Do We Go Now But Nowherer?
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After a career spent tearing down the world with horror and disgust, Nick Cave finally sounds ready to start rebuilding from scratch. He's begun to find a quiet grace, and perhaps even beauty, past all the darkness that's long consumed him. Amid the ashes of a world unable to exorcise its demons, Cave actually finds love; a strange, twisted, doomed love, perhaps--but love nevertheless.

On The Boatman's Call, Cave's latest collection, the singer-songwriter finds room for the personal, the spiritual, and even the hopeful in his grey psyche. With only the sparest accompaniment--often just a piano or organ, light percussion, and violin (care of Dirty Three's Warren Ellis)--Cave employs traditional folk song structure and simplicity to weave tales saddened less through tragedy as through emptiness. Songs like "Into My Arms" and "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" are among Cave's most self-assured and soulful to date. Stripped down and grown up--though still ghoulish and grave--Cave the storyteller has turned into something of a vampire Springsteen.

Ultimately, The Boatman's Call sounds like Cave's attempt to poison his cake and eat it too. For a record so resolute in its denial of divinity, The Boatman's Call's obsession with religious themes and imagery might seem contradictory if they hadn't come from someone like Cave, who fancies himself a fallen angel searching for a ladder back to heaven. Where Gothic meets cathedral, there resides, for better or worse, our dark saint Nick. --Roni Sarig

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1997 album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Nick Cave formed the Bad Seeds following the end of his previous band Birthday Party. The Bad Seeds brought together former Birthday Party guitarist Mick Harvey (drums), ex-Magazine bassist Barry Adamson, and Einstrzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld. EMI.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Beautiful March 18 2004
By Esenada
Format:Audio CD
Nick Cave is many different things to many different people. However he is generally only thought of as "The Ausralian Black Prince of Gothic Rock" in the printed media. Regardless of what you want to call him, in The Boatman's Call he has produced a beautiful and amazing masterpiece. More his own personal work, than a Bad Seeds album, Nick Cave produces some of his greatest Lyrics and Tunes that are rich in imagery, allegory and sadness. Such songs as "People Ain't No Good" "Brompton Oratory" "Where Do We Go But Nowhere" "Into My Arms" "Are you the one I Have Been Waiting For" are some of his best recordings in an career that has spanned more than twenty years. Maybe not for everybody, but the music is undeniably beautiful if incredibly sad. A good album to listen to when you are depressed, for Mr Cave will make you feel better in the knowing that there is at least one more tormented soul out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Career High Point March 27 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD has been rightly praised by critics as a high point in the arc of the NC and Bad Seeds Discography. It has been rated by many critics as being one of the best 50 or best 100 albums of the 1990's and I would actually place it in the top 25 of that decade. This remastered version has cleaned up the sound a bit so that its spare production and mostly minimalist approach to instrumentation comes across beautifully. The piano, which features prominently on many tunes, sounds gorgeous. Into My Arms is one of the most beautiful ballads of all time, by any artist, but there is not a bad cut on the entire CD. Buy and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cave's best May 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bear with me now. Everything Cave wrote up to this album pointed to it.
Are you still with me? From the gleefully bleak and utterly violent world of From Her to Eternity, through the 50's poppy sounds of Kicking Against the Pricks, through the melancholic Good Son and all the way to Let Love In, Cave developed a singular sound that was part rock'n'roll, part blues and a lot of poppified country-folk (that kicks Garth Brooks' be-hind all across America). This album is the rawest and most sincere expression of his vision. At times it's bleak ("Black Hair"). Other times its sweetly loving ("Into My Arms"). And there are times it's outright angry ("People Ain't No Good"). The final spoken word poem at last shows us that Cave doesn't hate gays (is the narrator a she or a he? is the partner male or female?). Whereas Murder Ballads' "Stagger Lee" leaves little doubt on that score (even if it was a joke). Or the anhedonic "Do You Love Me? 2" with its theme of teen gay sex slavery. Gay bashing is a part of every Aussie's life and Cave is probably a man of his times. Here he shows that he can also break free of tradition.
Nocturama, which came out a while ago as of this writing, is good. But it doesn't match the levels of dark grace achieved on this album. It's too bad the market place won't let Cave explore the regions he does here further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave rules! May 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am so happy to be ordering "The Boatman's Call"; it was stolen, along with all my other CDs, from my car a while ago. It is just such a dark, moody, wonderful album. The music itself is understated and lush, and it does not overpower Nick Cave's voice. As for the aforementioned singer, his lyrics are so dark that they are unforgettable. He sings passionately but not over-the-top; this whole album (and I do mean the whole, because this is one record that you can listen to from start to finish and get a cohesive feeling about) is just right on the mark. I also recommend "The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds" if you like this one, or even if you don't. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer dark beauty abounds March 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you missed out on this one when it was released as I did, don't forever rue the day, correct your error now. The Boatman's Call is the shining pearl buried for so many years in Nick Cave's irritated soul. "Into My Arms" is one of the most beautiful, poignant songs ever written and the cd's caliber drops little from that auspicious beginning. This is not "essential Nick Cave" it's just essential. A classic piece of music for the ages.
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