Download of the Week: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave seems to need a foil to his vulture crooner poète maudit persona and after Blixa Bargeld left that post, Warren Ellis slid in to fill his void but Warren does so much more subtly as compared to Blixa (which almost goes without saying) adding haunting strings somewhere off in the distance. The songs here are mostly spoken as opposed to being sung as if Nick has important things to tell us, offering up a soundtrack with voice-over to some sad-sounding flicker of fate. I don't know about you, but I'm buyin' the whole slow simmering burn hook, line, and swagger.
"...if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren's loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat." So said Nick Cave.