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The Boatman's Call

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

1997

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The Boatman's Call

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3.31

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5

Shrek 2 song

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5

If Tom Waits sang Leonard Cohen songs. Like Cohen, there's a deep spirituality entwined with male sexuality that I like in this. Such a smooth voice. Favourite track: "People Ain't No Good"

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Probably my favourite Nick Cave record, as he goes with sparse production and really intimate and cathartic lyrics. Great piano work from Cave and the atmosphere from the Bad Seeds fits the mood of the songs perfectly. Fav Tracks: Into My Arms, Lime Tree Arbour, There Is A Kingdom, Brompton Oratory

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4

Very interesting album, not what I expeected from Nick Cave (or the album cover). Has a very powerful mood.

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I had heard some of these songs before, but a very different side of Nick Cave. Standout is "Into My Arms" but lots of great songs. Shout out to "There is a Kingdom" which replaced "Icky Thump" by The White Stripes in the Snyder Cut

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One of my favourite albums from one of my favourite people on the planet that I am more than a little obsessed with. I am totally biased. This album is beautiful, full of wonder, peaceful and just lovely. This album and I are friends.

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Gorgeous album. Dark and beautiful

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Im now sad but it hurt good

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5

Amazing album - bleak & soulful.

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5

A diamond in the rough, a postman in the buff. A lolly left unlicked, a vote card left unticked. A raging bull, a rotting skull, a local paedo on the pull. A twisted nipple, a raspberry ripple a coked up alchy having one more tipple. A brutal rape, Professor Snape, a broken world we can't escape. Goodnight my dear. Goodnight.

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The Boatman's Call is the tenth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released in 1997. The album is entirely piano-based, alternately somber and romantic in mood, making it a marked departure from the bulk of the band's post-punk catalogue. The Boatman's Call remains one of the most critically acclaimed releases of Nick Cave's career. Cave performed "Into My Arms" at the 1997 funeral of INXS vocalist Michael Hutchence, an old friend from Cave's youth, and requested that the TV cameras be shut off for his performance out of respect for Hutchence.

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I get the appear, sad songs are sad. Not sure if I needed a whole CD of this though. Much like Leonard Cohen, I'm sure there's lots of good lyrics here but don't have the patience to keep track of it.

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Series Scott Walker Vibes. Pretty dark and broading album. It fely like a heavy blanket on the ears. No uplifting or quick beats; just there.

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Not bad, but not really for me. Feels like the music equivalent of those oscar-winning movies that people like because they feel like they should. Honestly was a bit of a slog.

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4/10. I had the soundtrack for Shrek 2 on CD in my car for a while, and almost always skipped "People Ain't No Good" because it was so damn long and mopey. And this album was a good deal longer than that song. Lyrically I don't mind it, but it's just not fun to listen to.

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This is the most boring album that I’ve ever been punished with. Every song had the same formula: 1/2 BPM + sad piano + snare + be boring.

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It's as if sad Bowie and sad Cash made jazz....not good.

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Amazing

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5

Melancólico mas bonito

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5

I love this album so very much. Into My Arms is one of my favourite songs ever, it's magnificent. People Ain't No Good and Far From Me are also perfect songs. WHAT AN ALBUM

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5

Incredible deep voice. Light jazzy backdrop. Fave songs: There is a Kingdom, West Country Girl

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5

Peaky vibes!

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In 1 woord geweldig!

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5

A fine album with some classic songs with ‘into my arms’ amongst the best

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Don’t know much about this

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Beautiful album

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Großartig! Mit Kompensation für eine 1sterne Bewertung für das Punk Projekt von Bock Cave reicht es für

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One of my favourite albums from one of my favourite people on the planet that I am more than a little obsessed with. I am totally biased. This album is beautiful, full of wonder, peaceful and just lovely. This album and I are friends.

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5

One of my favorite Nick Cave albums. Brilliant songwriting as always

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Get's better with every listen. Genius

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A beautiful album.

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кайфоый голос, кайовые гармонии, особый вайб, немного альтернативные аранжировки, лёгкий романтический звук

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5

that was a really cool album I don’t think I have any complaints? plenty of diversity, beautiful compositions, great vocals, just an all around awesome album 10/10

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Love it

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5

Fegurð og sorg og ást og fegurð og sorg og ást og fegurð...

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5

De unieke stem van Nick Cave past volkomen bij dit type songs. Ik zong ook mee met nummers die ik nog nooit hoorde en genoot van de muziek tegelijkertijd. Topalbum

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Invented being down bad

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Genius

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5

At the time I would rated this album as a 4. Excellent but not as good as other Nick Cave albums. Now after relistening to it, I think it is a clear 5.

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🔥🔥🔥

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Great album

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Unaufgeregt, melancholisch und melodisch, genau nach meinem Geschmack

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Masterpiece

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I don't believe in an interventionist God But I know, darling, that you do But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him Not to intervene when it came to you Not to touch a hair on your head To leave you as you are And if He felt He had to direct you Then direct you into my arms

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My favorite album from one of my favorite musicians. Truly a gifted artist at his best.

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It may have first come to my attention in a silly rom-com film about time travel, but Into My Arms always hits me in the feels. The same applies to much of this album thanks to its poetic lyrics over sparse, piano-led instrumentation. Other favourite tracks are Lime Tree Arbour, People Ain't no Good, and Far From Me. These have a thematic link of Cave considering unpleasant truths about humanity (suffering is inevitable and people have an inherent badness), and being able to accept these thanks to feeling love and goodness in another person. The vulnerability that results from relying on personal happiness and love to block out the drakenss in the wider world is an interesting theme to explore. I get less from the rest of the album, which comprises more insular songs of heartbreak. However, these remain heartfelt, poetic and bleakly beautiful. 4.5/5

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Of sorglet ekki búinn að hlusta en það þyði að þetta se gott (fyrsta lagið: hyd coverið - funny coinkidink)

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5

Into my arms, one of the greatest

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This album sounds like an old fashioned under a tree, feeling the breeze of a hot summer day.

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4

In the context of nick cave's discog this is not my fav but even middle of the road nick cave album is great.

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6/4 Beautifully somber. Standout Tracks: Into My Arms, Brompton Oratory, Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?, Black Hair, Idiot Prayer, Green Eyes

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7/10 FT: are you the one that I've been waiting for?

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If Bruce Springsteen was Australian he would be this guy

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Great album. Into My Arms is one of my favorites.

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sweet listen, into my arms always on repeat

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Love Nick Cave. "Into my arms" and "Are you the one that I've been waiting for" are classics.

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After all the ups and downs of complying to the list, along comes Nick Cave to make me feel at home again. I love him, I love this album, though he has many that are superior to this. Beautiful album, full of little works of art. It's like being held by an old friend.

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Yes Cressey the first track was very very good. Rest was pretty good as well. Think I preferred the murder ballads though

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What a surprisingly positive album from the big man.

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Favorite song: Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?

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Great. Very somber.

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i didn’t know what to expect, really. It came out left field for me, but i found it emotional and harrowing.

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4

The boatman’s call is a sexy seagull singing one kiss by Dua Lipa. This album is still a solid 4. Low-key falls off but cmon.

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seria nick cave o leonard cohen da nova geração?

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4

It’s good. The songs are strong. I just wish there were more changes in tone. It gets a little samey after a while.

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Loved this album so much more than the last Nick Cave. A lot less strange and much more mellow.

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Angrer fortsatt på at jeg ikke kom meg på Nick Cave i Oslo Spektrum i 2017. Flott album, men ikke helt på murder ballads-nivå.

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Sort of a Tom Waits vibe.

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"No God up in the sky No devil beneath the sea Could do the job that you did, baby Of bringing me to my knees Outside I sit on the stone steps With nothing much to do Forlorn and exhausted, baby By the absence of you" (Brompton Oratory) "Out of sorrow entire worlds have been built Out of longing great wonders have been willed" ((Are you) The one that I've been waiting for?) Este disco es súper cursi y súper de querer tirarse por la ventana, pero supongo que una cosa se complementa con la otra y me gusta un montón.

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Probably the most Gorgeous album from Nick Cave. Most of the songs could have been a single. Wonderful Sunday morning listening. Only Criticism is it’s a little one paced and maybe a touch long. 4/5

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Thoroughly enjoyable Sunday afternoon listening. I was completing a 500 piece puzzle listening to the boatman’s call. Nice. 4/5

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Really enjoyed. Thought his voice might grate on me after a while but it didn’t. Class lyrics.

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Nick kan bij mij weinig fout doen. Prachtige liedjes.

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Prachtig! Ingetogen, traag, sferisch. En die stem....

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Geweldig!

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I am intrigued.

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First time listening to a Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album and it was surprisingly good.

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4

The album overall is very laid back and melancholy. I like most of the songs but some of them bother me for basically no reason. I don't like the melody on Lime Tree Arbour or the spoken part on Green Eyes. I also found it a bit boring at parts. I can see why people love it but it it's not my favorite. That being said there are still songs like Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere? are really good and overall it's a good album. I liked it more on the second listen but I'm not in the mood for it right now so it is probably better than I'm giving it credit for. Favorite Songs: Into My Arms, Brompton Oratory, There is a Kingdom, Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?, Idiot Prayer Least Favorite Songs: Lime Tree Arbour, Green Eyes Strong 7/10

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Mooi, indrukwekkende nummers vol verdriet en een sprankje hoop. "Where do we go now but nowhere"

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Ok

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Nick Cave: el Nacho Vegas australiano

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I liked this. A lot. It appeals to like the 10% goth in me. How have I been sleeping on Nick Cave dude?

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This is the first time hearing this album for me and I was struck by the minimalist approach of which beautifully put the focus on the lyrics that seem to focus on a difficult time in Cave's life and relationship. The piano based album combined with his singiing set somewhat of a romantic mood to the songs. Really enjoyed this album. Very sparse. Very raw. Very beautiful. Loved the first song.

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Klasse Album, aber glaube nicht alles von Nick Cave ist so hörbar...

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I like this alot idk why i jsut do the second track is pretty cool and jazzy but the whole album is good 8/10

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tragic caucasiana

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Very dark album, i love it

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Really beautifully made. A few to keep on rotation for good.

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The Boatman's Call has extremely strong parts, with hauntingly beautiful songs about love, religion, grief, and resentment. I love how the focus is on the intimacy of Cave's vocals, accompanied by a slow tempo and piano, which makes me never lose my focus on the story Cave is trying to tell. This changes a bit on the middle part of the record, where it changes towards a slightly less "epic' sound. Where minimalism is it's greatest strength, it also is this record's greatest weakness at times. While the first half of the record is significantly better than the last, it is enough to warrant a 4/5.

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Look, it has some real bangers but it's bleak as shit and that just wasnt my vibe on that day.

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// Favs: – Score: Light 4

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I’m not the best guy to give you a rating for this. Because I FUCKING LOVE Nick Cave and the Seeds baby! 4 stars all day long and I’m taking one star off because I know some of you will listen and think “the fuck is this!”

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Heard of this band several times. Yesterday I found out that I like them (or at least this version of them). I will have to checkout more of their discography as I understand they're pretty experimental.

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Not a Nick Cave album that I have listened to fully before now - I really wanted to love this... but only liked it. I think it probably needs another few listens. The piano throughout is beautiful and the build up to strings towards the end create a cool musical narrative to the album. Into My Arms is the stunner, of course. Really enjoyed the Bass in Far From Me.

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Very chill Good to relax to Nice piano Last song would be perf without that bad voice on top Cound listen to again

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Absolutely enjoyable

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Very sweet/melancholic. A little slow, so not the best for all situations.

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In the past, I've tried to get into Nick Cave and could not. I am delighted(?) to report that I am now world-weary and sad enough to really have enjoyed this album! The religious imagery poured out in the dreary drawl of Cave's voice makes for a collection of songs that feel important - sacred even.

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Wow, this is absolutely lovely. Beautiful arrangements, minimalist and restrained. Striking lyrics, worth reading all on their own. It is a bit of a mood though to listen to, but today happens to be a gray, snowy day. It sounds pretty perfect. Fave Songs: West Country Girl, Lime Tree Arbour, Into My Arms, People Ain't No Good, Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere

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Oh man this is one of those records I really liked, but also have to be in the mood for

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Poetic. Reminds me some of Tom Waits

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Pretty good album with beautifully arranged ballads to dream away on. Cave's vocals are living dangerously at times when he is reaching for the higher notes, but there is a vulnerability and emotion in his performance that I can appreciate.

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4

Pretty good.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Hanging tree,

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I had a depressed housemate that loved Nick Cave, I always found his voice drab & harsh. But it's good to revisit - he's a songwriter and a half. 'Into My Arms' is amazing. An entire album of his voice is challenging though.

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Gute Lieder, aber man hätte mehr daraus machen können.

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Menee mulla samaan kategoriaan kuin Leonard Cohen = synkkä mies laulaa synkkyyksiä. Ihan hyvä siis.

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Tämä iskeekin lujempaa nyt kuin teininä. Kauniit sanat ja sovitukset, joissa upeita yksityiskohtia. Lempparit Into My Arms, Lime Tree Arbour, Idiot Prayer ja Far from Me. Ja ah, harvoin on yhtä turvallinen olo kuin Nickin ääntä kuunnellessa. Varmaan muutaman vuoden päästä 5/5, nyt 4.5/5.

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All that Nick Cave goodness, but it got a touch samey at times. Beautiful though.

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I really enjoyed this album. Seems like Nick Cave sang his heart and soul out. Very sad songs, and might be a great rainy day record.

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4

Great album, very emotional.

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4

Never bought into the Nick Cave fanboy thing but this is a great record.

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Might have given it a 5 if he was still rocking his '80s mullet. He's Australian, why is he not wearing a mullet the flaming galah.

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Moody. Direct, yet has many textures, from blues to jazz, which offer a revealing and sympathetic bed for the best, most affecting songs. The Boatman's Call is one of Cave's finest albums and arguably the masterpiece he had been promising throughout his career. Great face too.

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Nick Cave immer Depri schön. Into my arms hammer Nummer. Zwischendurch ähneln sich die Lieder schon recht, Songs wie West Country Girl lockern auf. Toll

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Extrem gefühlvoll und doch dark

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4/5

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4.25

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Nice & Slow

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Nije mu najbolji, al jedan od

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Nije među najboljima, ali definitivno je na mjestu dobrih albuma Nikice Špiljarića. Laganica piano sa lijepim laganim tonom glasa. Znam se često vratiti na: Into Your Arms, People Ain't No Good, West Country Girl i Brompton Oratory.

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A ono, Nick Cave.

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curti pensei q ele cantava só hallelujah

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4

Theatrical vocals, with music to match. A great album.

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4

this is the album-for-dinner-parties album, and it's none the worse for it. Accessible, sensitive with a depth of lyrical content belying its accessible instrumentation. Still prefer him when he's angry though

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Piano x aqui y x alla, la voz mas grave qje romperte la espalda

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4

very calming music.

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TIL folk albums are (personally) more enjoyable as background music. I enjoyed this 52 minute set of moody songs. I guess it's so calming after listening to heavy metal and rave music in the past two days. I love the great voice, and the generic piano thingy. Another entry in the short (2 entries long, to be exact) list of folk (?) albums that I actually enjoyed.

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Three stars, maybe? Four stars ? A landmark album for many but I'm not sure I'm totally sold on this one. I'm quite a fan of Nick Cave's middle period, and I remember that everyone was struck by this delicate record at the time it came out. But I think Cave has since "refined" his game when it comes to melancholic songs or performances on the piano. For the first, listen to *No More Shall We Part* (a longer and more meandering record, but far more satisfying overall). Or listen to the more recent *Skeleton Trees* and *Ghosteen*. And if you want to enjoy Cave as a piano performer, you can always spin that last solo live album of his. *The Boatman's Call* is still a nice record, though, with some very memorable tracks here and there ("Into My Arms" is a small gem, for instance). And it's well-produced and well-performed, of course. But I can't help feeling that the whole thing is a little too tame and rigid, and that not much is happening in a large chunk of these songs. Maybe this bareness is what draws people to the album (both Cave's admirers and more casual fans). It's just that, in my opinion, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds are always better when they're using "treatrical" tricks to explore emotional moods. Those moods can be anger, lust, fear or infinite grief, it doesn't matter. What matters is that Cave and his pals have enough space to let their histrionic instincts guide them through such emotions. *The Boatman's Call* doesn't use those theatrical tricks at all, save for a few rare exceptions. It's more like watching Cave working those songs at his desk. A gorgeous desk, with all sorts of nice objects on it. But a desk nonetheless. Albums that will end up on my list of favorites: more than a third so far, I've temporarily lost count here. Album that I *might* include on my list: approximately a quarter (including this one) Album I won't include on my list: less than a quarter so far.

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4

Good love songs to walk on beach to.

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4

Very chill. I like this.

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4

Nick Cave you pretty bitch

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4

Pretty pretty... Pretty good.

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This sounds like funeral music. I like it.

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His best album. Into Your Arms is just the prettiest song.

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I don't actually know much Nick Cave, shame on me, but both from what I do know and the album name and cover, I'm expecting pretty and depressing. This lovely spring day with happy kids playing on the playground in front of my window might not be an entirely appropriate backdrop, but here we go. Yep, very pretty. Quite somber. Lime Tree Arbour is really quite sweet. Which sums up the whole album. Brooding but romantic. And easy on the ears. Normally I would like more variety but this got into its groove and stayed there and I liked it.

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Beautifullll

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Was going to be a 3 as in yeah nice but it didn't grab me. Currently on my 4th repeat playthrough and happy to let it just keep washing over me. Great album. A new artist for me to look into.

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Hadn't listened to this album for a long time - forgot how good it was. And to note in passing that Nick Cave is one of the best live shows you'll ever see. Last time I saw him, he sang People Ain't No Good - during the song I was thinking to myself that the lyrics sounded a little juvenile. Then at the end of the song he said that he'd changed his views since that song was written and now he things "people are alright"!

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4

Muito bom.

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Inte hans bästa, men en extra stark 3:a! Perfekta albumet om man vill begå självmord!

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3

1997. Key Songs: Into My Arms, (Are You) the One That I've Been Waiting For?

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3

Bit too downbeat and depressing for me. Appreciated that it was really well crafted music though.

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3

Very mellow, and a bit sad.

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Quite enjoyed that, although it felt like stories not songs do can't see myself listening again.

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3

Some good songs, bit of a mixed bag with some weird ‘arty’ moments

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3

Crooning.

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Not my style.

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O piano é bom, a voz é mais ou menos.

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Classic Nick cave, alright album

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Unexpectedly chill, thought it would be another punk rock album from the album cover. Pretty mellow and melancholy. I can see myself being in the mood for this.

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It always feels like I am supposed to really like Nick Cave but I consistently react to the studio stuff as just OK. Reminded during this listen of that Chris Knox line "Leonard Cohen used to bend his words this way... to try to make a song out of a speech."

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It's time for The Boatman's Call from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. I have to be honest and say I don't recall listening to much, if any Nick Cave over the years. I know they have a very passionate fan base, and listening to this for the first time - I can see this being something I would like. The first song is mainly piano and Nick Cave, and it tells me all I want to know. It's thoughtful, introspective and I'm enjoying it already. It reminds me of Leonard Cohen, Richard Hawley, and Rufus Wainwright. My wife will not like this. I believe it would qualify as "whiny music" in her opinion. As the album rolls along, I'm enjoying how straight-forward the words are, though it does seem a little bible-y at points. I looked it up and Nick has many thoughts about the Bible and religion. I hopped out of the album and looked at what is popular for this artists - and I'm seeing if I actually know any of the songs. Not so much. I'm enjoying this, it might be too introspective and slow for consistent listening.

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Álbum com músicas bem lentas. Bacana pra se ouvir durante um momento de reflexão.

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3

Idiot’s Prayer is great, the rest were kinda boring

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It feels a bit controversial to give this a three but that’s just how this listen turned out 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Fav: Into My Arms, There is a Kingdom

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3

Excellent modern blues and chill vibe. Lyrics are fantastic, music consistent. Love Nick Cave!

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I respect it but I don’t think I will listen to this much in the future - it reminds me of a concert in a dark bar where you sit down to watch the music and maybe meet eyes with a woman on the other side of the room and you both smoke cigs and drink manhattans in a complicated stage of life like a post breakup or a recent death - 6.7/10

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un po' malincolino, calmo, ma comunque piacevole

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3

Not bad

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Aussie Leonard Cohen

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Themes of religion, love Bear and stripped back, with just piano Very personal and up close

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3

Enjoyed it at times but it's certainly mood music.

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estuve por darle un 2, pero la letra lo hizo un 3

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Very religious.

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Not something I would listen to again

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3

Real Dreary work. Vocally a little off, but I enjoyed it.

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Ersten Song fand ich sehr schön, dieses nocturne, novemberige und ruhige. Dann allerdings festgestellt, dass die ganze Platte ja auch nicht so viel anders ist, was auf Dauer dann doch etwas einlullte. Leider (wie meistens) nicht auf Texte geachtet, deshalb auch keinen Eindruck von der Deepness gewinnen können. Leider, möglicherweise komplett unbegründeter Verdacht: es könnte richtung "Tears in Heaven" gehen. Mit Songtiteln wie "People Ain't No Good" spricht er mir natürlich aus dem Herzen. Insgesamt: schön, aber zu wenig aufregend. 2.7.

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Es klingt alles gut und Cave gefällt in seinem Mantel aus Schwermut, in den gehüllt er durch ein Spalier melancholischer Bewunderung langsam wiegenden Schrittes den Raum als den seinen erobert. Kann da nur aus der Ferne erkennen, was seinem Bann nicht erklommen kann, mich aber demselben entziehen, denn so viele Jünger er um sich zu scharren vermag so erkenne ich ihn als Künstler an, jedoch nur leidlich berührt, keineswegs erregt und ein wenig skeptisch. Anerkennende 3.1

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I like the imagery in the lyrics - they read like poems. I also like Nick Cave's voice that's unique. The arrangements are super spare and the recordings sounds live, mostly acoustic and unfiltered. After listening to this album, I understand Nick Cave's mystique but I'm feeling unexcited and a little confused. Perhaps with more understanding of his other albums, I'll have more context to judge.

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1st track is amazing and the rest pretty good standard Nick Cave. I think I like him better when there's guitars

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nice album with nice music but the songs didnt really fit together like it seemed more of a best of album rather than a normal album.

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I wouldn’t mind if I never heard nick cave ever again. I have loved some of his songs, covered many of them, but now it just sounds flat and boring.

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Enjoyable, but fell victim to being listened to whilst doing stuff round the house so some of it went by the wayside and didn't do enough to grab my attention.

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It's not terrible, but I wasn't really into this. Just a bit slow and boring. Don't really see much much importance/significance in it either. I can see how it is a music critic's dream though, probably explains why it's in this list. Another Howard fortunate 3. 5.5/10

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Haven’t listened to much Nick Cave and this album has made me want to listen to much more as it’s right up my street but there weren’t enough stand out tracks on this album (Into my Arms aside) to elevate this from a 3 to a 4

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Good, but not nearly as captivating as the first Nick Cave album we listened to. West Country Girl keeps things interesting, but the stripped-down piano thing was never my jam.

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Nick Cave gets dumped by PJ Harvey and moans about it. Best Tracks: Into Your Arms, People Ain't No Good, (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For?

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Not for me this one.

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Piano-based and sad

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Man, what a killer opener. Hard to get on to the rest because I just want to keep listening to it on repeat. It really sets the tone for what follows: a significant departure from the sound and themes of previous Nick Cave records. It just feels so personal and intimate. I feel like he must have been listening to a lot of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen at the time. Shades of Scott Walker, too. 3.5/5 Favourite songs: "Into My Arms", "There is a Kingdom"

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Sombre, down tempo, quite beautiful.

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He definitely has a sound.

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Nick cave has really good music quite excited.

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Very nice :))

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Pretty good, like Green Eyes

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The songwriting is really phenomenal, but it does get weird at times. I love when the organ gets going in the background and gives everything an ethereal vibe. I definitely have to be in a certain mood to enjoy this though. The last song is super weird.

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3/5 quite good, sounded a bit like john lennon

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Really good album…nice chill vibe…looking forward to checking out more of their stuff

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Lots of beautiful moments here, but in general just a bit overwrought for my taste. Takes itself just a bit seriously.

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fine. almost good i think?

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I'd heard his name before but I don't recall hearing his music before (maybe a song or two from his punk bank, Birthday Party? not sure). Anyway, I am very glad to be introduced to this album. Some real nice songwriting. I enjoy his style, musically, lyrically, and vocally.

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Melancholy and lovely.

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Into my arms is obviously a beautiful tune but this didn't catch me like I thought it would.

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3 stars. He has a nice voice, but songs are kind of a bummer

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Great ambience, a little intense in the religious overtones

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would, really like Cave’s voice for it and the music nicely accentuated it. Not sure I would ever listen again though as it’s a bit too melancholy for my tastes. 3

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3.5

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for a melancholy mood and to sing along

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I liked some songs a lot, but generally not a fan of the singing style (leonard cohen, waits, etc.)

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Had trouble just sitting and listening to it. Made decent background music though. Liked the mood of it but am okay to not listen again.

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Opening track was really nice, Lou Reed vibes. Rest of the album seemed like all the same song, didn't really fire up for me.

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2021.11.25 there is a kingdom

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Jazz, melódico. Lento. Melancólico

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It's soulful and all, but not my thing

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Not too bad but not my favorite.

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First tune and a few others are really stand out, rest of the album not so much 3.45/5

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Cool stuff by nick cave again but not as interesting as murder ballads

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Mér leiðist Into my arms, hef heyrt það margoft og alltaf fundist upphafsfrasarnir tilgerðarlegir. Er ekkert sérstaklega hrifinn af röddinni hans Caves heldur. En viti menn, þarna leynast bara ljómandi góð lög og áheyrileg á eftir slagaranum.

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ehkä mä jonain päivänä vielä pääsen ineen nick caveen kun jaksan kuunnella lyriikoiden kanssa.

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Some cool songs but I wasn’t crazy about them.

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This one’s just too moribund. As ever great craftsmanship, but just not enough dynamic!

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It is hard to understand how this served on the soundtrack to Justice League, but it works surprisingly well as the world's gloomiest Christmas album. People Ain't No Good, huh Nick?

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I liked the first song but the rest wasn't my taste

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<3

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This was a surprisingly stripped down album from Drake, much different from the post punk sound that I’m accustomed to from him. Stuff that you would expect him to play at a friend’s funeral, and that is exactly what he actually did. This album allows his powerful voice to shine and his lyrics are even more poignant. However I found 52 minutes of basically the same mood and tempo to be a bit much.

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I was keen to hear this after the first 1001 offering sent to us (Abattoir Blues), but I have to say I’m not as enchanted by this one. The songs are a bit sparse for me, and you don’t get the usual fluctuations in his intensity level. They mix it up a bit on side 2 and some of the arrangements, like on Idiot Prayer, are beautiful. Lyrically he is more direct and sounds less like a poet on this LP – Black Hair as an example.

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What's the best antonym for shell shocked? Whatever the word is, it would best describe the feeling when buying the Nick Cave CD that followed Murder Ballads (so expecting more songs like "O'Malley's Bar'') but getting The Boatman's Call. Don't get me wrong, there are some great lyrics on this album - "Into My Arms" and "West Country Girl" are excellent songs. It's just hard to get into 12 deeply personal ballads. I just want him to toss the keyboards for a sec and play Deanna although I expect PJ is happy the song about her, qua Nick's ex, was West Country Girl rather than the vicious offering that Deanna got. One thing about the ballads is that he has an opportunity to show how good his voice is. He's also pretty good at tapping the 88 keys. I will have 5s for some of NC's albums but not this one.

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As my first exposure to Nick Cave, I neither loved nor hated it. Mostly slow songs with piano and vocals; with melodies that lack pizazz. Great lyrics, with a clear view of what it's trying to explain, but that's all I can say.

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solid 3 Not my type of music but its good. its also real sad. It sounds like old school the national

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serious music for serious people. It's very good at what it does. what it does isn't what i does.

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This album was alright. Not the biggest fan of Nick's voice, it kind of reminds me of Leonard Cohen's voice. But the songs were relaxing, even if they were emotional and sombre. The song that I really liked was the only one I previously knew (People Ain't No Good).

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I'm not a Nick Cave fan, but I much prefer his chamber pop style here compared to his hard gothic sound of Abbatoir Blues. If you want to appreciate the man more, there's more of a focus on his strong songwriting and versatile dark voice, with minor piano accompaniment. Not a lot of diversity, and the album drags on a lot, but the majority of it is good, with a few highlights.

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A little too slow and melancholy for my liking but I may revisit it under different circumstances. Seems like the kind of album that requires a specific sort of setting to appreciate.

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mellocolie

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WOW. Incredible album. First time hearing it. I think I'm an instant fan of Nick Cave. Great voice and tone. The songs are all amazing. I can see this one becoming a favorite of mine in the near future. Standouts: Into My Arms, People Ain't No Good, Lime Tree Arbour, 3.5 / 5

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This was fine

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- Into My Arms - Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?

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-I got really confused because I had heard the lyrics of "Into My Arms" somewhere before. Turns out Roger Daltrey covered it on his album. -Songs are fine, nothing really stood out

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this is fine.

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C’est bon mais je n’ai pas capote . Jai eu dautres album de jicm cave qui etait mieux developper. 3

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first listen pretty boring

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Not bad! Just sad.

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la première chanson est trop belle mais j’ai peu aimé le reste

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J'ai oublié.

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Ça me fait penser au dessin du cheval qui commence très bien et qui finit très mal

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Nice vocals, but a little too slow paced to hold my attention through the whole album.

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Some good tunes but very same-y.

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I found it hard to get into this one. Maybe it's an album that requires more attention than I was able to give it today. But despite sounding pleasant, it was really just some nice background noise to me. Not much of a lasting impression and nothing to care much about either way.

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interesting - didn't hate it, just middle of the road

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Jag gillar verkligen nick cave. han är en otrolig författare och sjunger fint. men samtidigt var det lite småtråkigt ibland?

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The last Nick Cave album I got into. Warren Ellis dominates the sound and drowns out Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld a bit to much for my like. This is like a hand over album of the Seeds that were to what they are now. Not necessarily bad but lacking the fury of Nick Cave's earlier stuff. I saw them play in Austria when they toured this and it was a terrible show with Nick Cave bumbling around even falling off stage.

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The first song was pretty good, which got my hopes up. The rest of it was /r/im14andthisisdeep dominionist bullshit sung slowly with a piano

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Again, I feel like I'm supposed to like Nick Cave but I just don't. He tries SO HARD to be dark and broody and edgy and uncomfortable. It just leaves me thinking of that kid in drama class who wanted all the lead roles but overacted EVERYTHING so always got relegated to bit parts so he wouldn't screw up the whole show. You're not Hamlet, Nick. You're Rosencrantz.

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A melancholy walk around Great Park. 12 nearly identical songs, was just waiting for it to end.

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Started interesting but just too mellow and depressing

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I don’t get it

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"Into my arms" sounds very familiar, I'm sure I heard it somewhere without realizing it was Nick Cave.

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Nice sound, and a big departure from yesterday's Iron Maiden. Dark, slow, sombre mood. No real stand-out songs. Not enough to make me come back to this album

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Some of the lyrics are interesting and thought provoking, and some of the instrumentation is nicely done, but for whatever reason Nick's voice just isn't my bag, baby.

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Really slow and boring

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Just not for me.

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I like Nick Cave when he rocks, but I found this balladeering album pretentious crap (I feel un-australian saying that!). Into my arms is lovely, the rest of it I could do without

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ist aber sehr traurig - 2

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ziemlich lame auf ganzer albumlänge. bei aller sympathie.

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Not my thing

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Maaaaaaaan I really didn't like it very much. Too lovey dovey/piano-y for my taste.

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Nick Cave is to music what Jim Jarmusch is to film: Pretty good, doing interesting things, playing with traditional forms and adding generality dark elements and a strong cult following have ascribed a certain level of genius. I’m unsure if genius is warranted. It’s a generation X thing I think. To me he’s like Neil Diamond dark with less catchy melodies. Some times his choruses hit just right and you can feel it. Sometimes it feels like he’s forcing words in that don’t fit in the structure or melody if the song. Perhaps if I listened to his whole catalog, but if it’s anything like this album, it will all fade into the background. 2

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The Boatman is Eeyore and wants you to slow down, you kangaroo. Telling moment: Brompton Oratory had a similar chord progression and "prosidy" to Keane's smash hit Somewhere Only We Know, so I put that song on and ended up enjoying myself much more than any Boatman track. But Boatman is not for enjoying. Boatman is art for careful consideration. Keane is chiming beauty for forgetting reality for a minute. Boatman is poetic trudging and mining reality for meaning. But I have to make PowerPoint presentations and finish work in time to take my pickle boat out on the river before the sun sets. I can't mine for meaning while making slides. The Boatman inside me wants to be an actual boatman. C

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A bit dreary and tracks all similiar tone and vibe. Not for me.

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First track great. The odd one is pretty good.

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Starts brilliantly but drags by the end - bit of a chore

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Not bad, but not my cup of tea. Lost our cat this week so thought it might be actually the right time for this dirge-type music, but sadly I just wasn't into it. I did read some entertaining writing on how to become a Nick Cave fan.

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liked a few songs

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Literally who listens to this. Absolutely not

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Couldn't really get into it.

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agradável, mas todas as músicas pareciam a mesma

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Really good songwriter but the songs are a bit one note when listening to the album as a whole

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Nothing special

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Not my thing

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Garbage. Not sure what I'm supposed to like about this. I guess some of the songs would sound good in a movie soundtrack in a scene where a guy walks into a room where his whole family just got murdered. No thanks.

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why does anyone like this more than anything else? kind of sucks

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I'm a huge Nick Cave fan, but this is one of his most boring albums.

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Incredibly boring

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I found this album to be very boring personally but well made objectively. Nick Cave’s voice was monotone but the minimalist production was solid along with good songwriting. Not horrible but not enjoyable. Fav song, ig: black hair

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Made me fall asleep.

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Slow and melodramatic. Not bad, not my favorite.

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Slow piano ballads with a good voice, it's OK. Going for big important lyrics It's all a bit meh

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This was not good. Very boring. Every doing sounded very similar.

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I did not know this singer, it is not bad but for my taste his compositions are very slow.

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These songs all sounded the same. I didn't care for the style, but even assuming I did, the songs are all one long, slow dirge.

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I dont mind this type of music, but it's pretty boring after a few tracks

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Some good songs but too much of the same for me. Found it a bit dull and dreary overall

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It's a whole album of sad bluesy ballads that fail to move. I did not enjoy it at all, but at least it wasn't painful to listen to.

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Very slow. Not bad but not for any mood

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Dreary and a bit self indulgent.

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There's so much Nick Cave on this list, but I can't really get into any of this. It's not awful it's just a bit boring, not sure what mood I'd need to be in to enjoy it

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There wasn't a lot here for me. It wasn't offensive, but nothing really stuck out as massively good. Best song on there for me was mostly likely There Is A Kingdom. I'm glad to have gotten this album, as I now know who sang the Peaky Blinders opening.

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I just don’t like this type of music. It’s very boring

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3/10 i just don't understand how can you make this many songs that sound the same and not see anything wrong with it. Black Hair and Green Eyes both made me cringe supremely.

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Ist einfach nicht meins. Ich finds fad und kann das ganze album nichtmal hören

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enjoyed at the beginning but got quite boring and repetitive after not very long. happy it was short. disappointed x

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La musica fa solo da sottofondo alle sue parole, non è da buttare via eh, però... Are you the one i've been waiting for molto bella devo dire. Le altre mi sembrano un po' tutte uguali.

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One paced.

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A little less of a blind spot than he was before, which is something to be pleased about. I still find him too humourless, his voice unmoving, the lyrics slightly hackish, the melodies often flat. But boy, does he put in work. Everyone’s got a schtick, and Cave works fucking hard at his. That gets me through the many moments when the ignition doesn’t take. Often, those moments are when I’d expect it to. 'People Ain't No Good' and ‘Green Eyes’ should be my thing, but… just… aren’t. Never mind. At least I’m ready and waiting when he finds a spark. ‘Lime Tree Arbor’, ‘There is a Kingdom’ (probably because it borrows the tune from ‘Perfect Day’) and, most of all, ‘Idiot Prayer' get off the ground and give me the aerial views of Caveland I’ve been promised. When I’m up there, I like what I see. I just spent most of my time on the ground, waiting for the captain to say we’re ready for take-off.

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The last song is aggressively bad. As for the rest, cause and effect are confused where I took four days to finish the album. I understood the sound as misanthropic wedding music, but, while I appreciated the organ, the string arrangements were lacking and the presentation thin. This list seems to be teaching me that Nick Cave is not for me.

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I have liked the most post punk side of Nick Cave, but this ballad version wasn't the greatest. 2/5

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Ok but not really my thing.

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I was gonna give it 2☆ until I heard black hair. Fuck that song, fuck this album. Every song drags on and on. Idk if its just an album of death and mourning, but it sucks

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Nope, not today. Maybe not ever. Not exactly sure why, but there's nothing about this album that I like right now -- voice is meh, music is yawn, and lyrics are wat. 1 star.

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Very slow and somber. Sad. Religious. Cross between Johnny Cash and... someone I can't remember. It doesn't sound bad, it just isn't for me.

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Bleh

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Kolejny raz horyzonty muzyczne zostały poszerzone, bo jest to druga australijska banda jaka slyszalem, ale nie jestem jakos specjalnie zadowolony z tego odsluchu, wymeczone 50 minut, aranzacje w ultra wolnym tempie, w stylu minimalistycznym, brak jakiegokolwiek jakosciowego wokalu, instumentalem glownym sa klawisze i smyczki, ultra doomerska liryka, zawodzenie o tym jaka to milosc, zycie, ludzie sa niedobrzy, naprawde ciezki material do odsluchania, trzeba z odpowiednim mindsetem do niego podejsc, jedynym kawalkiem ktory wrzuce na plejke to lime tree arbour

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Trash, "music pour faire dodo"

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The lyrics were trash, the piano was trash, and his voice was trash. Hated it.

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This blended so quickly and so entirely into the background as I listened while working.

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Kinda cringe. As much as i like his earlier post punk shit i rly cant get behind the sadboi singer-songwriter era. That said i wish this site had half stars so giving it a 1 wouldnt look as bad

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Pretty boring.

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Not for me. Not even close.

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Bummertown, USA. I love depressing music but this was intolerable sludge.

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shouldn't've come back for it, trash

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First impression: way too dramatic for me. There is also something about the combination of his voice, the music, and the lyrics that makes it feel quite contrived and pretentious. After about the 5th song I started forwarding through songs if I didn't like them halfway through. I forwarded through all but West Country Girl (but I was distracted during that one). Black Hair has huge "men writing women" vibes and sealed the 1 star for me. First album on this list that I actively disliked listening to.

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Mostly all slow songs that are bland to listen to. His voice is not very pleasant to listen to. Instrumentation is nice on some songs but homie’s voice hurts more than the instruments help. Bonus point for “This useless old fucker with his twinkling cunt“ 1.6/5

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This is a great album to listen to if you suffer from insomnia. 2/10.

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Boring, massively overrated

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This has been one of the most difficult albums to get through so far which is never a good sign. I had never heard of Nick Cave or his band before listening to this record, and I am not exactly sure why this is deserving of its place on this list after getting through the whole thing. I thought the vocals, instrumentation, and lyrics were all mediocre at best. If I had to guess after my one and only listen, I would say this was most likely a punk/post punk artist that attempted to "branch out" by making a mature album after years of sticking to his unique formula; however, it felt mature in the worst possible way in that it was slow, boring, and lacking in substance. I could definitely hear some Lou Reed influence in here (not that I listen to him much) and surprisingly some Johnny Cash as well, but it didn't attempt to stand out as much as those artists do. The one time I feel it tried to do something different was on the song Green Eyes, but I thought that track was cringeworthy and a terrible way to end off the album. While I have been mostly negative, I will say that I did find a bright spot towards the end of the album with Idiot Prayer. I wasn't a fan of it enough to add it to my Starred list or anything, but I felt the strings and organ added some depth that the rest of the album was missing. Overall, this one ends up towards the bottom of my list. 1.5/5.

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This is not the Nick Cave i was looking for. completely skippable

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Not a fan of this. Just to slow to get into

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not it

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This album is awful. The vocals are terrible. The lyrics are juvenile. The arrangements are boring. I'm stunned that this sold one copy. The confusion is real.

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Didn’t find much interest in this album. The singers voice is ok but he makes every song seem slightly depressing. The album felt long and it nothing really stood out. 3.2/10

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Esse álbum parece uma segunda feira com 9h de reunião e muitos prazos perdidos no trabalho. Dei 1, porque não deixou eu dar 0.

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Dull

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Every now and then the generator throws up an album that you’ve never heard and is different from the others. It’s a slog, it feels like time has slowed down and makes you rethink why you even started this 1,001 album project. 1/5

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Didn't enjoy

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Plodding, dull and dreary

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Not a fan

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