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After 2001's tender and tormented No More Shall We Part, Nick Cave's Nocturama sounds like the work of a madman spinning desperately and beautifully out of control. Since the Birthday Party called it quits in 1983, Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds have reframed the Party's cranky and disturbing post-punk to encompass sad blues, literary nihilism, and a kind of serenity; witness Shall We Part, and 1997's The Boatman's Call. Those qualities are still present on Nocturama, most notably in the brokenhearted violin that winds through "Right Out of Your Hand" and "She Passed by My Window." But Cave's arrangements embrace a range of styles and textures. The 14-minute-plus noise explosion of "Babe, I'm on Fire" and the dark, wide-open pop of "Bring It On" are looser and rougher than anything since at least 1994's Let Love In. This makes Nocturama feel messy, unpredictable, and even a little dangerous--qualities Cave's music hasn't had in far too long. --Matthew Cooke
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Nocturama is pretty close to perfect without a bad track on the CD. Some are much better than others (with, oddly enough, the softer ballads like "Out of Your Hand" being the best) but ALL of the songs here are better than pretty much every other song you heard this week on the radio. There are still some hard tracks here but also a bit of blues and croon to mellow the harsh. Nick sounds great and the Bad Seeds play a big part musically in this effort. The lyrics are tight and sharp with the 17 minute epic "I'm On Fire" using the most complex verbage of any song in recent memory. As the last song on a pretty mild CD "Fire" is a rough and tumble ride that turns a corner somewhere from "too long" (as some here have complained) to "oh, yeah, keep it coming" (somewhere around minute 15 1/2).Read more ›
Bring It On is a strong rock ballad, Still In Love with its moving lyrics is another slow jewel as is There Is A Town with its mournful chorus. The masterpiece of the album is Rock Of Gibraltar, an exquisite love song where Cave rhymes "Gibraltar" with "alter", "Malta" and "altar." This is a melodic and lyrical classic, ranking amongst Nick's very best compositions.
I don't see how some reviewers can dismiss this album as a failure when it contains so many superb songs with intelligent, moving lyrics and memorable tunes, including She Passed By My Window. Yes, the last track Babe, I'm On Fire is five minutes too long but this isn't a bad song, just too raw and too long. Nocturama is a great work and it deserves four stars.
Bring it on... I can't wait for more!
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The title is misleading: this is the least goth record Nick Cave has ever made. I think that he dropped that tone with Murder Ballads. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by alexander laurence
Lyrically and musically, this album is the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at there embarrassing worst. The signature poetry of Cave seems to have been flourishing in recent efforts to... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Jared M. Stein
This is the first Nick Cave CD I've ever heard, and I'm glad I finally got around to checking this guy out. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by wordnat
it's good to hear the boys rockin again. it gets high marks simply because we're talking about nick cave here. and it contains some fantastic songs. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003
Hey freaks how are u this evening?? I bought this album expecting some hyper fast assulting nu-metal or uplifting pop-punk, and hey, with a cute name such as "The Bad... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by Fred Dursts Numba One Fann
I love Nick Cave, and own all of his albums. This is the first one I sold. That should tell you something.Published on Oct. 4 2003
Like most NCave&theBadSeeds albums, their lates effort deserves a 5-star rating. Favorite tracks include 'Wonderful Life', 'Bring it On', 'Still in Love', and 'Babe, I'm on... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003
This good but last one better. Get last one before. Get Good Son before you get either. Or Murder Ballads, or Let Love In... I need to listen to this one more.Published on Aug. 17 2003 by C. Kirby