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Your Funeral My Trial

Nick and the Bad Seeds Cave Audio CD
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1. Your Funeral My Trial
2. Stranger Than Kindness
3. Jacks Shadow
4. The Carny
5. She Fell Away
6. Hard On For Love
7. Sad Waters
8. Long Time Man
9. Scum

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'Your Funeral My Trial' can be viewed as the first official Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds composition. Nick Cave has let go of his influences and none the less followed the tension of dark tales with visual imagery. As an album this originally contained seven songs released as two long playing extended 45s and this created listener attachment to specific songs. That was easy to do with such rich songs like 'Sad Waters', 'Stranger Than Kindness', 'Your Funeral My Trial' and 'She Fell Away.' More than the first three releases, 'Your Funeral' contains personal, confessional and landmark themes that have become haunted tales of lust, despair, and tragedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cave Doesn't Cease To Impress June 24 2001
Format:Audio CD
Not Nick Cave's best overall album, but certainly a very good one indeed. The title track puts things in the right context, followed quickly by Stranger Than Kindness (a very rare non-cover cut that Cave didn't co-write.) Next up is The Carny, still one of Cave's most endearing songs. The pseudo-carnival music backing is the perfect backdrop for Cave's psychotic carnival-horror lyrics, that remind me a bit of books like Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Hard On For Love is... not a ballad, but, more accurately, a perverse confession of lust, made likable by Cave's over-the-top vocal performance. The highlight of the album however, most would argue, is Sad Waters. Perhaps Cave's first truly strong ballad, this is still considered one of his best songs to this day. A very strong cover of Tim Rose's Long Time Man is handled deftly by Cave and The Seeds, and it's lyrics of spousal murder coupled with their totally commanding performance will leave you finding it hard to believe that they didn't write the piece in the first place. For all intents and purposes, this is the last song on the album. Following it is Scum, a semi-hilarous non-song that will appeal to those who appreciate Cave's sense of humor. This set is, in many ways, the step between Cave's first handful of albums and what many consider to be his masterpiece, Tender Prey. Thus, it is an excellent album, and must be purchased for this reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult listen worth the effort Nov. 8 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like some of the other reviewers on this page, this is not my favourite Cave album. On the first listen I didn't like it much, but since then I've found I keep on returning to it. It really does get under my skin. Its all very very dark, and the opening songs, 'Your Funeral...' and 'Stranger than Kindness' are brilliant, but horrible and twisted tales. 'Jack's Shadow' and 'Hard on for Love' are upbeat, but violent numbers. Then there's 'The Carny', the almost spoken word tale of a dead horse accompanied by fairground music from Hell! This album also contains what I think is Cave's first truly beautiful love song, 'Sad Waters'. The final "song" 'Scum' is a suitable ending to a dark angry album. This might also be Cave's most misogynist album. There seems to be a virgin and whore dynamic at work in Nick's attitude to women. It doesn't detract from the quality of the music, but its a word of warning to those of a feminist perssuasion. Definitely chilling, one I listen to when I'm in a unfriendly mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Borrowed Light From Hotels..... Oct. 8 2000
By Ward
Format:Audio CD
How to explain this album? Where to begin? Should I try to speak to the new fans who don't have a clue where to start with Nick Cave? Okay, if that's the case, here's the deal with this album: Here you have Nick Cave's most obviously dark and dank album ever. There's no hope offered in the quick vignette of "The Carny," nor any hidden happiness in "Stranger Than Kindness" or "Scum." Which is not to say that it's not one of, or perhaps THE most beautiful album he has ever made. It's not as accessable as "Let Love In" or "Tender Prey," nor as unconsciously positive as "The Boatman's Call" or "Murder Ballads," but then, Nick Cave has never really been about positivity. He is about that certain chill you get when listening to the opening lines of "Stranger Than Kindness," about how you cannot help but wonder where the Carny has gone. This is, ultimately, not Nick Cave's most accessible work, but is his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Marys Lured Me June 11 2000
Format:Audio CD
"A thousand Mary's lured me"...to this album. Way back in graduate school a classmate said, "You should check out Nick Cave, he's as morbid as you"...At the time I hadn't quite weened myself off of the narcissism that accompanies a broken heart and this record brought me a sense of relief. Subjectively speaking, it's my favorite Nick Cave album. It's raw, it's tender, it's hallucinatory.Cave sings with all the panache of someone who just took the needle out of his arm. There is the sweet dreaminess of SAD WATERS, which I think is the finest song in Cave's repitoire. There's also the disgust of SCUM and the horror of LONG TIME MAN (a brilliant cover written by the crimminally neglected Tim Rose).JACK'S SHADOW brings self-loathing to surreal proportions with is tale of a crooked man murdering his shadow. THE CARNY comes off like the lost chapter of an unfinished novel.The whole thing seems to take place in the middle of a nightmare with no beginning and no end in sight.It's a narrative song that posseses all the eerie atmosphere of a vintage Tod Browning film, depicting two grizzled dwarves burying a dead nag known as Sorrow.It's tune seems swiped from a drunken Kurt Weill opera. Cave has never done anything like it before or since.The title track is a demented torch song, hinting at regret and loss.All in all this record is a lugubrious affair, drenched in gothic rain and bad directions.An essential for any fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what we love Nick Cave for
There's so many good moments on this album, like the slow entrance of the snare drum on 'Long Time Man' and the lapse into chorus on 'Your Funeral... My Trial'. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The height of an amazing career
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5.0 out of 5 stars stranger than kindness ... for sure
From the first note of 'Your funeral my trial' you are swept into a land of nightmares, endless illusions, perpetual lust, and everlasting love. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2000
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Though not as immediately accessible as later discs like Henry's Dream, Let Love In, and Murder Ballads, Your Funeral My Trial is one of the strongest Nick Cave albums, once you... Read more
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