No More Shall We Part
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Digitally remastered edition of this 2001 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 Einstrzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld. EMI.
No More Shall We Part contains a greater wealth of musical invention and lyrical intelligence in its 68 minutes than most acts manage in an entire career. Cave is not merely in a different league from most of his peers; he's scarcely even playing the same game. No More sees a renewed emphasis on the virtuosity of Cave's longtime backing band, the Bad Seeds (Cave's last album, 1997's superb The Boatman's Call was a relatively sparse affair). The Seeds decorate the sprawling ballads on No More Shall We Part with aplomb, helped on several tracks by the crystalline harmonies of folk singers Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Cave's lyrical preoccupations remain constant--God, love (and the loss thereof), and death. As ever, Cave deals with these themes with great agility and imagination, and, as ever, he is funnier than he is generally given credit for. --Andrew Mueller
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This album is full of heartache and despair tempered with the subtlety of Cave's vocals. The tone of the songs is carried through their tumultuous music. He struggles with love and infidelity in "Sweetheart Come" and "The Sorrowful Wife". He also takes the plunge into religion and the existence/nonexistence of God in "God is in the House" and "Oh my Lord." These are topics found often in Cave's catalog of songs. This is the kind of album you find yourself searching for at two in the morning during a thunderstorm. Even at two in the afternoon, you will find yourself transported to that place.
"As I Sat Sadly By Her Side" is my favourite song, it's beautifully written and will let your thoughts drift along a country road in your mind. "We Came Along This Road" is also a wonderful song to listen to, and is also another favourite of mine. The rest is also wonderful. However, different songs evoke different feelings in different people.
If you're looking for songs that grown on you, and everytime you put them on you feel as though you are hearing it for the first time -- then this is the album for you.
I think it's fair to assume that Nick Cave, at this point in his career and life, is a Christian. But he's the kind of Christian that doesn't seek a comfortable faith. Like Simone ("Waiting For God") Weil, he sees the importance of the outcast, the outsider, who believes, but on terms that are true to themselves - and to God. The lyrics of "God is in the House" takes direct aim at suburban churchgoers who seek a fear-free life in their "little church," which is of course painted white. Putting God in a manufactured box is ridiculous, and that is Cave's sarcastic point. But sarcasm is only a small part of "No More Shall We Part." Overall, there is the sense of hard won truths in an ongoing journey, delivered beautifully for the listener to ponder over, and maybe even as prompt toward prayer.
As a side note, in a way it's a shame that there's been such controversy over whether or not Evanescent is a "Christian" band (read the lyrics, not their public statements), though I think the controversy is rooted more in that group's hesitancy on how to respond, and whether the wrong response would thus kill their just-starting careers .Read more ›
I feel the same way about No More Shall We Part in a musical sense. By the end of the album, some of the songs drag and go on for too long. Others tend to sound similar to tracks that came only two songs before it. But Nick Cave more than makes up for it with the small bits of strawberries he sprinkles within the album. Listen to "Love Letter," possibly the the most gorgeous song Cave has yet written, both in melody and prose (both juxtaposing into each other perfectly). Or take the rockers "Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow" and "Oh My Lord," where Cave demonstrates how absolutely powerful he is in his songwriting and vocals. And after about four nearly dead tunes, No More Shall We Part concludes, almost apologetically, with "Darker With the Day," a song that will be front-runner in the second Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Greatest Hits album.
Even when the songs as a whole don't work, Cave's poetic lyrics do, as his fans could testify. One trait I have always admired in Cave is his willingless to draw inspiration from any source, even the Bible. Here, Cave reaches into his spiritual gut more than ever, using religious words like he was doing Christian album, yet exposing many of fundamentalist drivel for what it really is.Read more ›
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can't be more happy :) excellent cd excellent service amazone thanks you so muchPublished 16 months ago by monique
I've not much to say about this album except that this may well be the culmination of Nick Cave's career. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Jared M. Stein
The songs flow with a story of his slow descent into madness, and it's lyrics are so well written they're hard to get out of your head. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003
'No more shall we part' is just a pretty good record. Anyone who enjoyed 'The boatman's call' will surely enjoy this one. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by Juergen
While not groundbreaking this is pretty a respectable collection of songs, and not without humor (an ex-punk rocker singing about needing a nurse! ha ha!). Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by Apple-O
I have been the most devout Cave fan since, first born is dead,s ince then i got hold of his Debut, "From her..... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by jarret
This is probably Cave's best output since "The Boatman Call." If you don't know his work, think of Tom Waits' intensity and poetic grit, with a better voice and a band that has... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2003 by Juan Mobili
... but my favorite song on the album is (and the song that you should most want to buy this album because of is): 'Love Letter' and maybe just because it's so representative of... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by Jay Kurosowa