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.