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2003 album from one of the most distinctive voices in music today. Nick Cave's 'Nocturama' is set to take his music to a whole new level. This Japanese edition includes three bonus tracks, 'Shoot Me Down', 'Swing Low' & 'Everything Must Converge'. Featuring the lead off single 'Bring It On', 'Nocturama' is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' twelfth studio album & the follow up to 2001's brilliant 'No More Shall We Part'. Copy Control CD. Mute/Virgin.
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 ›
Like every Nick Cave album, this has it's various themes such as love, god, salvation, depression, and if I am interpreting it right, mental torture. The lyrics are sharp as always, but not as strong and potent as that of his earlier albums. Where "Nocturama" misses the mark is in the production, which makes the album seem over-produced, and I have the strong "been there done that" feeling when listening to the album. Since Nick Cave has built his career on the evolution of his unique sound, this album can be considered a step back rather than the leap forward that "No More Shall We Part" was.
But I will stress again that this is not a bad album, and should please the casual listened with both it's intense and melodic moments. But for people wanting something that lives up to previous works, I cannot strongly recommend "Nocturama".
Industry spin promised a departure from the morose introspection of the last two albums with a return to the wide-open style of Let Love In.
Well, in truth Nocturama is a mixed bag. Lyrically, it is much softer than the last two albums and musically, it is still far away from the violence and rage that imbues much of Cave's older work. Yes, Nick Cave has come a long way since his Birthday Party days, you could almost say he is slouching toward respectability as he mellows with the years.
The best songs on the CD are Wonderful Life, the rocking Bring It On, and the riotous Dead Man In My Bed. The closing song, Babe, I'm On Fire, with its repetitions and its jejune lyrics,is much too drawn out and becomes a liability to this otherwise fairly listenable album. That everyone says "Babe, I'm On Fire" is news to no one.
Several songs, Right Out Of Your Hand and Still In Love, sound like something Van Morrison might do when feeling uninspired. You might even chance to hear them played on a soft-rock station, that's how mellow and bland they are.
If you yearn for the Nick Cave of old, forget Nocturama. But if you are a fan willing to follow him as he develops, then this CD is an obligatory stop on his meandering musical path.
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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
There are some tracks on Nocturama that fall below Nick Cave's high standards, like the overlong and somewhat indulgent Babe, I'm On Fire and the raucous, messy Dead Man In My Bed. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by Peter Uys
This is a typical solid Nick Cave album; not quite as good as his best (see "Let Love In)," but this is a slab of art that any TRUE Cave/Bad Seeds fan will devour. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by J. Sero
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
After seeing a late night live performance of Bring it on, I tracked down the album, knowing very little of Nick Cave, aside from my hipster friends constantly raving about he, the... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by DRARE
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