|1. As I Sat Sadly By Her Side|
|2. And No More Shall We Part|
|4. Love Letter|
|5. Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow|
|6. God Is In The House|
|7. Oh My Lord|
|8. Sweetheart Come|
|9. Sorrowful Wife|
|10. We Came Along This Road|
|11. Gates To The Garden|
|12. Darker With The Day|
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 ›