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.