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  • Audio CD (Jan. 12 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B000003Z48
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Foi Na Cruz
2. The Good Son
3. Sorrow's Child
4. The Weeping Song
5. The Ship Song
6. The Hammer Song
7. Lament
8. The Witness Song
9. Lucy

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Coming hot on the heels of Nick Cave's raging, tortured masterpiece Tender Prey, The Good Son is a lot more tender and less musically chaotic by comparison, but is nearly as brilliant in its own way. The soft, rolling Foi Na Cruz sets the pace for the album well, perhaps coming as a surprise for some, but who could deny its serene beauty? The title track is much more of a "classic" Bad Seeds song by contrast, a lyrical re-telling of the Bible's prodigal son story, with fierce music and vocals to match the lyrics. None of these songs are weak, and the album's beautiful yet daring balladry approach perhaps reaches its climax with the closing song, the soaring Lucy (complete with an incredible reprise courtesy of Ronald Wolf.) However, the album's two best songs are undoubtedly The Weeping Song (memorable musical backing, coupled with a classic vocal trade-off), and what surely is one of Cave's greatest songs ever, The Ship Song, which is surely one of the most achingly beautiful and compelling love songs that I have ever heard. While not as menacing and overly forebearing as his earlier works, The Good Son is yet another high point in Nick Cave's catalog.
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I haven't heard Nick Cave's earliest albums yet, so I can't comment on how The Good Son stacks up against those, but I can say that it compares well with his subsequent masterpieces of the 1990s.
The CD starts with a quasi-religious, almost hymn-like song, in Portuguese no less. I liked it from the start as I do the title cut, the epic style of which rather defines Nick Cave for me.
In the Hammer Song, Mick Harvey's guitar work gives it the feel of a theme of a Western movie as the vocals outline the plot.
Next to the Hammer Song, my favorite is the Weeping Song, with its unusual cadence and call/response vocals.
The funniest cut is the Witness Song which takes a perhaps inadvertent crack at faith healing and the power of suggestion.
There is not one badly written song on the album, though obviously I have my favorites. The Good Son is another fine effort from Nick Cave and serves to bolster his reputation not only as a musician, but as a songwriter whose command of language sets him far apart from most of his contemporaries.
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I love Nick Cave's music, whether with the Bad Seeds or Birthday Party. Tne more I listen to him, the more I am convinced that he is one of the MAJOR figures in the history of rock. He has it all: great presence, commanding and capable voice, powerful instrumental backup, truly orignial lyrics and enough variety in his music to make you want to hear everything that he has done. The Good Son's boasts a number of piano-driven pieces that make this CD from the others, but the songs do not rank up there with his greats. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to get this CD if you like Nick Cave. He is a giant and I cannot wait for his new CD Nocturama to come out.
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By A Customer on May 17 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first picked this CD up when I was in High School at a Pawn Shop b/c I saw 'Weeping Song' on 120 Minutes or something. I hardly listened to the rest of the CD and it wasn't for 8 years that I sat down and actually 'listened' to it entireity, and was I surprised. This is one of the Great Ones that will survive our generation and one that our kids will be listening to. With the exception of one song that is kind of out of place on the CD, this album is one of the most memorable that I can recall. Nick Cave has continued to 'Wow' his audiences with continually better releases but this one is a MUST. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
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By A Customer on Jan. 28 2000
Format: Audio CD
For some reason this is the Nick Cave disc I listen to least (of the discs I have), but when I really think about it, I'm not sure why. Probably because the first 2 tracks aren't especially memorable (which isn't to say they're altogether bad.) But Sorrow's Child, The Weeping Song, and especially the Ship Song, are all excellent. The latter half of the disc is hit and miss with me. This is just about as dark and melodramatic as your typical Nick Cave, but the musical tonality is much softer. Not a NC album I typically jump for, but well worth it, for the songs I mentioned at the very least.
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