This is probably my favorite Nick Cave album. Musically, it's very diverse going from intense rock ("The Mercy Seat", "Deaana", "City Of Refuge") to beautiful increasingly melancholy ballads ("Watching Alice", "Mercy", "Slowly Goes The Night") to middle ground territory ("Up Jumped The Devil"), but all with an extremely dark, isolated, scenic atmosphere that only Nick Cave could conjure. Americana, Piano ballad, Gospel, old 50's rhythm and blues, and uncategoirzable...all are on full display here. Cave's music is so starkingly original and relentlessly emotional in its melancholy that he exists in a world all to his own, and is 10 times more dark than any dumb metal band or cheesy goth artist. His lyrics are equally powerful, ranging from pure stories of horror and redemption to more isolated tales of desire and depression. Listening to this sounds like listening to a troubadour from the anarchic remains of the world. If that sounds like something you can handle, then dive right in.