|1. Song Of Joy|
|2. Stagger Lee|
|3. Henry Lee|
|4. Lovely Creature|
|5. Where The Wild Roses Grow|
|6. The Curse Of Millhaven|
|7. The Kindness Of Strangers|
|8. Crow Jane|
|9. O'Malley's Bar|
|10. Death Is Not The End|
Limited Edition Version with a Full Color Lyric Booklet, and a Gatefold Deluxe Digi-pack.
Nick Cave's been writing songs about killing and other evil things since he first surfaced in 1980 as the Birthday Party's pale, skinny, goth-punk Jim Morrison. But the murder ballads that provide this set's title are different, tantalizingly deliberate. Sure, there's plenty of trademark Cave here, but Murder Ballads is a fascinating concept album that uses the narrative ballad form of the English folk tradition to tell of murder: random deaths, passion crimes, and killing sprees, all in one package. Cave clearly thrives in this genre, and he produces some of his sharpest and most facile writing to date. "Song of Joy," a genuinely scary campfire mystery of a murdered family and an unnamed killer, chillingly weaves clues into the lyrics, while "Where the Wild Roses Grow" is a narrative duet in which killer (Cave) and victim (pop star Kylie Minogue) reveal parallel tales. Cave even shows his knack for adaptation on Bob Dylan's "Death Is Not the End": he recontextualizes a song of heavenly comfort into a sort of zombie "We Are the World" (featuring Minogue, PJ Harvey, Shane MacGowan, and others) in which "death is not the end" of pain and suffering. Above all, Murder Ballads should be heard as a work of pulp fiction--as sensationally funny as it is harrowing. The already violent traditional song "Stagger Lee" becomes gangsta folk, so ridiculously packed with obscenity and brutality it would make the Geto Boys cringe. And Cave's (unintentional?) point to would-be censors--that bad-ass songs existed long before rappers polluted the airways--should not be missed. --Roni Sarig
Do not buy this vinyl!!! There are two B sides on the first record, and no A side to be found! Buy the CD instead, because musically it's a great album.Published 2 months ago by Anne-Sophie
one of the greatest albums ever made, this should still be on the top of the charts its that goodPublished 10 months ago by polka music best music
If Let Love In (Collector's Edition) could not be considered a sufficient comeback after the rather weak Henrys Dream (Rm) (Enhanced), this album certainly can. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2012 by brotagonist
Prurient? Nefarious? Perhaps.
Also, lush and beautiful odes that take one mysteriously beyond the subject matter and into strangely soothing realms. Read more
Ah, dearest Nick Cave, you are music's last hope. How perfect an idea to sing little folksy, countryish ballads about gruesome murders. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by DerUeberMensch
Nick's finest, in my humble opinion. "Stagger Lee" is simply one of the best songs EVER!!!!!!! Every cut is unbelievable.Published on Aug. 11 2002 by "email@example.com"
A co-worker said to me "If you love Tom Waits, then you'll love Nick Cave." And since I am a die-hard Waits fan, I bought this album on his recomendation. Lord, was he wrong. Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by S. Dufrechou
This album is Nick Cave to the hundredth power. His obsession with violence, love, death, and Southern culture (and how they all relate) populate this album like a disease -- the... Read morePublished on June 18 2002 by eRgO