Monday, December 07, 2009

TK #76:Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)

Two albums released simultaneously in a single package, but Abattoir Blues is where the real action is, as Cave backs his literary ambitions with the Bad Seeds’ full-throttle roar and a gospel choir’s Pentecostal furor, and creates a spiritual/sexual reverie unlike anything else this decade. “There She Goes, My Beautiful World” name-checks both Dylan Thomas and Johnny Thunders, and the album sits precisely atop that unlikely intersection.

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