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Push The Sky Away - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Genre: Rock / Artist: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / CD+DVD / Audio CD released 2013-02-18 at Bad Seed Ltd

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      11.03.2013 08:50
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      A disappointment

      As soon as I found out about Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' latest release 'Push the Sky Away', I decided to check it out. In recent years I've enjoyed Nick's work with Grinderman and I'd been waiting on a new release from The Bad Seeds since the heavy and fun Dig Lazarus Dig. This is the first album to not feature long-term band member Mick Harvey.

      The first track on the album caught my eye, with a title like 'We No Who U R', I'd wondered if the moody songwriter had gone all rnb and rap on us. We No Who U R is instead an ambient track with minimalistic keyboard playing. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album, which has largely been praised. Whilst I do find the album has a slightly haunted feel, it's really not my kind of thing and very much focuses around Warren Ellis' simplistic loops.

      Supposedly Nick Cave created the material by his latest obsession with googling and learning on Wikipedia through 'exotic' pages, saying he enjoyed the entries whether they were true or not. I was unable to find anything too exotic about the subject matter, an emotional album, there are underlying currents of menace to be found but it's just too mellow for my liking, I'm not in the right mood to listen to it and I doubt I will be any time soon. In fact, I'd go as far as I'd saying that if I never heard it again, I'd lose little.

      I never quite realised Mick Harvey's impact on the band until now, the distinct lack of guitar really leaves the album sounding a tad too gentle. He's the last original Seed to have left the band and this album lacks anyone to really move it along. It's as far removed as possible from the album before it. Cave's lyricism is weak on this album. 'Jubilee' is a mellow track that plods along and is followed up by an unnecessary sequel 'Finishing Jubilee Street'. For poor lyrics, look no further than 'Hanna Montana does the Savannah'. It really is a terrible album and the only saving grace is 'We Real Cool' which starts with an angry bass line, not to dissimilar to that of 'Water's Edge', another reasonable track.


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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 We No Who U R
    2 Wide Lovely Eyes
    3 Water's Edge
    4 Jubilee Street
    5 Mermaids
    6 We Real Cool
    7 Finishing Jubilee Street
    8 Higgs Boson Blues
    9 Push The Sky Away

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Needle Boy
    2 Lightning Bolts

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