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Murder Ballads

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

1996

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Murder Ballads

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3.14

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I felt like I should like this album but, the more I listened the more I hated it. The musicality was good but the songwritiing was lazy. You could tell which songs were traditional songs that Cave left mostly intact and which ones he took liberties with. In every case, it seemed that the changes were designed to shock listeners and not to make the songs better. Additionally, Nick Cave's vocal performance on almost every song on this album was sub-par which was surprising to me b/c, in the past, I've enjoyed his performances. Overall, a very disappointing album and one that I frankly am mystified is on this list.

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A wonderful album. Each track an excellent story of murder in different styles. Features two duets, one with Cave's former partner PJ Harvey and the other with another of Australia's finest exports, Kylie. The duet with Kylie I think represents the attention to songwriting that both artists are appreciated for. Cave and Minogue still perform the track together today. I believe this album, along with the previous Let Love In highlights Nick Cave's final step in transition from hard post-punk toward more experimental alternative rock and the run of albums following Murder Ballads go from strength to strength. It feels like Cave unlocked his USP in Murder Ballads and Let Love In which had always been there but needed the platform and right moment to bring it to the front. Today Nick Cave plays more of a piano man persona but the core link back to Murder Ballads is still at the forefront of his performances.

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5

I liked this more than I thought I would. The dark storytelling reminds me a lot of Eminem, with more of a Johnny Cash spin on the beats. I hope death is not the end.

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5

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds open their "Murder Ballads" album with a deep-voiced Nick on "Song of Joy" - a spookish tall tale about a lady named Joy... or possibly about the mere concept of joy itself. Nick's storytelling is brooding and gothy, and I'm here for it! And after 4 minutes of this 6+ song... I can trust this album will be a horror movie for the ears. "Stagger Lee" is another story-telly song about a "bad mother fucker called Stagger Lee" and the bartender does not care. It's campy and fun! And devilishly spooky! "Henry Lee" is the next track on the album and it opens with guest vocals from PJ Harvey (I saw her open for U2 once when I was 11!). Another melancholy tale with accompanying piano and bass AND a pleasantly catching "la la la la" from the duet. The next track, "Lovely Creature" has a build up of tension that is carried throughout, with backing vocals from an unfeatured lady (and more "la la las") that I can only describe as "spooky consistent". "Where the Wild Roses Grow" features vocals by Kylie Minogue (she is the wild rose!) and is another spooky tall tale pop-ish goth song with piano and string arrangements that would make Ben Moody blush. "The Curse of Millhaven" comes in hot and has a head-boppy percussion with an accordion, and it's very fun! Reminds me a lot of My Chemical Romance (Mama comes to mind)... "even God's children they have to die". "The Kindness of Strangers" is yet another murder tale, about a woman named Mary who is tied to her bed with a bullet in her head. This track features an upbeat piano rhythm with guitar and drums. It's easy listening! This track also features a crying woman, which isn't very easy listening, but it is fantastic story telling. The next track, "Crow Jane," continues Nick's storytelling of murder and guns. This song features more piano and even more bass and drums. It's slow paced and has me tapping my foot and bopping my head. "O'Malley's Bar" is the penultimate track on this album, and at 14:28, it's by far the longest song (it's nearly 4 songs worth of song!). Nick does some adlibbing over some piano plucks while singing about a killing spree and how it makes his dick feel, for which I have the utmost respect. My personal favorite line from this track: "And with an ashtray as big as a fucking really big brick I split his skull in half His blood spilled across the bar Like a steaming scarlet brook" After that truly horrific tale of O'Malley's bar, the album comes to a close with "Death Is Not the End" (featuring Anita Lane, Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey, and Kylie Minogue) - a cover of Bob Dylan - and it's a truly wonderful closer. "Just remember, that death is not the end." A haunting, yet comforting message for the pale, pasty, gothic audience Nick and his friends are surely targeting. Overall I really enjoyed this album. It's weird, it's disturbing, it's haunting. It is simply wonderful! Favorite track: The Curse of Millhaven Honorable mention: O'Malley's Bar

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Cinquenta e três. Pobre Sylvia. Nunca lhe encontraram o corpo. Esqueceram-se de procurar no lago. MotA: Stagger Lee "Have mercy on me, sir Allow me to impose on you / I have no place to stay And my bones are cold right through"

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This is really not my thing. It felt like the ramblings of a half stoned old man in some seedy bar. If that's your cup of tea you'll love it, but to me it was boring, depressing and badly sung.

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1001 Albums Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads - Song of Joy. Interesting storytelling and vocal style. The orchestration in the background music is interesting. Intriguing but not distracting from the story. - Stagger Lee. Cool vibe and style. Incredibly profane for kind of no reason. Not sure who the audience is for this album yet. - Henry Lee. PJ Harvey gives a nice vocal. It’s nice to have a song with a little more structure after the first two songs. This is the first song that wasn’t 2 minutes too long as well. - Lovely Creature. Really cool background music again that is intriguing and stays out of the way. By this point in the album though, we’re getting dangerously close to “didn’t we already hear this song”. - Where the Wild Roses Grow. Nice to have some nice string arrangement for a change of instrumentation. Kylie Minogue gives a nice vocal performance too and her voice fits well with Nick Cave’s. - The Curse of Millhaven. Sounds like a circus said “okay, we need an opening act where the ringleader comes out and tells a weird story behind a sort of “Devil Went Down to Georgia” vibe from the band. Again, at least 3 minutes too long. - The Kindness of Strangers. Back to our normal instrumentation and back to a 6/8, wandering style. - Crow Jane. Sounds like the kind of thing that happens at a lame open mic night jam. The kind of thing that people think is “jazz” when it 100% isn’t. - O’Malley’s Bar. Finally, a different groove and feel. Reminds me of a Jim Morrison, Doors-style vamp. Nice to have some actual structure again too. Probably the best tune on the album BUT IT’S 14 minutes long for no reason. - Death is Not the End. This is the most “normal” song on the album and feels super loose, like they did this in 1 take in the studio with no rehearsal. I’d rate this album a 2/10. I appreciate the risk and uniqueness but I personally would never choose to listen to it ever again. I know it has an audience but I’m not a member of it.

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ehhhhhhh

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only listened to the first half but i feel like that's all i needed to hear. idk maybe my mind isn't sophisticated enough but i just don't get it sad face emoji

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El hitazo (jaja) "Where the Wild Roses Grow" es apenas una pizca de este disco tan hermoso. Lo curioso es que esa belleza parta de canciones que enmarcan asesinatos y, con todo, se oye tan seductor todo. Los instrumentos, la voz de Cave, las colaboraciones, las inspiraciones (canciones tradicionales) y los géneros, medio blues, medio folk, medio rock, construyen una atmósfera bastante disfrutable. Se me hace música como atemporal (?). Dicho eso, también, por alguna asociación que quizá se deba mucho a Nick Cave, pienso que es música como para vampiros y otras criaturas de la noche. En fin, lo celebro mucho y entre mis favs, sí, la que es con Kylie, también la que es con PJ sólo por oírla, "The Curse of Millhaven" y "The Kindness of Strangers", pero no hay skips aquí, todo bien. 10/10

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5

superb

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5

Por lo general me cagan las baladas pero sí son de asesinatos y asesinos y gente muerte, pos está chido.

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5

I loved this album. Why have I never listened to Nick Cave? Definitely need to check out more.

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5

yaasss lawd, yes!!

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Stagger Lee: non so perché mi ricorda un po' i Modest Mouse più moderni nonostante i contenuti espliciti. Lovely Creature: pure questo c'ha il basso un po' Modest Mouse. Cioè chiaramente so i Modest Mouse che hanno il basso Nick Cave & Bad Seeds. In conclusione: sono le due di notte e io aspettavo Nick Cave al varco. Non lo avevo mai ascoltato veramente prima di oggi e devo dire di essere rimasto davvero stupito. Questo album mi ha totalmente sorpreso, ha chiaramente ispirato molta della musica che mi piace. La prima metà dell'album per me è da 5, l'interpretazione di Kylie Minogue è fantastica come pure PJ Harvey fa la sua figura. La seconda parte per me è più da 4, nonostante O'Malley's bar sia comunque un gran pezzo è un po' eccessivo. La cover di Dylan nel finale è un tocco da maestro. Per me sto album è un 4.75 ma non posso dargli 4 e quindi, finalmente, dò il mio primo 5 ad un album che non avevo mai ascoltato (ma il primo morale è Stevie). Sicuramente lo riascolterò e approfondirò anche il vecchio Nick.

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Hah hah, this album is gloriously deranged! I've long been a huge fan of it. Fave track - "The Curse of Milhaven", I mean, c'mon, almost every verse has a laugh out loud funny line. On this listen through, "Lovely Creature" really stood out to me, too...

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5

Cool lyrics telling vivid stories, awesome style

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5

I already adore this wonderful silly album. Stagger Lee deserves awards just for its ridiculous use of the word motherfucker. It's hilarious. Henry Lee with PJ Harvey and Wild Roses with Kylie are both darker and moodier - and have a nice balance - Cave is murderer in one and victim in the other. Curse of Millhaven and O Mallets Bar are the highlights for me. Gloriously dark silliness. The latter is 15 minutes long bat feels like three. And Death is not the End is like Band Aid but not for idiots. Perfect perfect perfect.

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5

This is one of the weirdest things I've listened to in years.

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Wow

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p788, 1996, 5 stars Nick Cave :) all the favourites: Stagger Lee, Henry Lee, Curse of Milhaven, O'Malley's Bar

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Stagger Lee, Henry Lee, Lovely creature, Where the wild roses grow

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5

Very good

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5

During their hot streak.

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Znałem. Nick Cave jest świetny, mega klimat, faktycznie album ma sens głównie liryczny i słuchanie go ot tak w tle nie pozwala w pełni doświadczyć jego jakości. Wokalistki pasują do utworów, w których są. Album mroczny, brutalny, nietypowy. Highlighty - Song of Joy (świetnie się tam rozwija akcja) i Death is Not The End

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Zdecydowanie nie zawiodłam się tytułem - pierwszy album od dłuższego czasu, który przesłuchałam uważnie zamiast tylko puścić w tle i generalnie takie 4.5/5, ale daję 5 za super teksty.

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5

I try to hold out on giving out fives, especially so soon to each other, but man, I love this album. Some insane compositions throughout. A

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5

Great album. I think on a single listen, I'd give this a 4. However, I suspect it'd grow on me with a few more listens even more, so I'm going to give it a 5/5.

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5

Exceptional. I obviously knew the duet with Kylie, but I loved pretty much all the other songs too. Not quite a concept album, but with a clear theme, and musically really interesting

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5

10/10 it’s been a while since I heard a Nick Cave album, he has so an incredible sense of world building he really plays to his strengths and creates something phenomenal every time, one of the greatest artists I know and probably one of my new favorite albums

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4

Lovely PJ Harvey duet.

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4

Dark. Great lyrics.

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2/8 Criminal audio adventure. Standout Tracks: Stagger Lee, The Curse of Millhaven, O’Malley’s Bar

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4

Honestly? Decadent. I liked the theme that this album had going for it, and given everything I've heard about Nick Cave's voice being polarizing, I thought he sounded great! 4 stars.

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4

Very romantic!

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4

Great record

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4

"The Kindness of Strangers" and "Where the Wild Roses Grow" are favorite. Another nice album by Nick Cave.

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4

First time listening to a Nick Cave album and really enjoyed it. Liked the macabre themes to all the songs, and the dark humour.

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4

Nice bit of nostalgia. Listened 21/1/21

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A total gem! Timeless. Adding this to my Road Trip playlist.

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4

Enjoyable, but a little weird.

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4

Pretty interesting. A little too monotone on most songs. Stagger Lee was awesome.

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4

Wow, that was quite a ride. I've always like Nick Cave but haven't delved too deeply into his music, but that may be about to change. I feel like I need to sit down and read all the lyrics of these songs like I would a book of short stories. Intense, scary, and violent, but also beautiful. 4 stars.

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Not my favorite Cave - I feel like some of the other records let the band shine as much as his voice - but I mean I definitely enjoy it. Does it need all these guest vocalists? I think I’d take a version of “Death is not the end” sung by Cave only over what’s recorded here. And I will stop picking those nits and get on with my life.

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Worth to hear again

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I really wanted to like this album, but the stories that the songs told didn't really do much for me. The songs all kind of sounded the same.

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Here we go! Back on the good stuff! I say this is a Nick Cave fan, that sometimes his music can feel faintly gimmicky; peer past his almost aggressive coolness and there's a great writer, still, but his scope is quite limited. Nonetheless, this one's right in his sweet spot, and in mine too if I'm honest.

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Never heard anything by him before so thanks

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Muy cool estás fases de Nick Cave darketo. Sobre todo la primera mitad del disco. Por ahí vi lamentablemente que uno de sus primeros discos, aún más oscuro que esto, está entre los que tienen las calificaciones más bajas de esta lista jaja. Anyway, los gritos con la carácteristica voz grave de Nick me parecen geniales, en Stagger Lee muy chido eso con su breakdown del final. La otra que me gustó fue Henry Lee, pues claro porque la que hizo con Pj harvey y pues Pj Havey = <3. The Curse of Millhaven me dio risa por las fuertes vibras de Aurelio Voltaire. Mood: steampunk baladista darketón.

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Matthias Sammer

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Aika kohtalokkaan kuuloisia biisejä tällä teemalevyllä. Kivasti oli erilaisia biisejä ja kaikissa kuitenkin samankaltainen painostava tunnelma. Where the wild roses grow on tietty se hittibiisi, mutta levyn viimeinen kappale death is not the end oli ehkä nyt ainakin tällä kertaa se paras. Sen verran kurkkasin wikipediasta, että Bob Dylan oli sitä biisiä ollut kirjoittamassa. Mielestäni moni muu biisi levyllä kuulosti enemmän Dylanin tulkinnalta, kuin tuo viimeinen, melodian omaava biisi :D

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Oooh you're hard, Nick, talking about murder and death and dark stuff.

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4

Loved this! Lots of great tracks

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liked the sound, a little bluesy and seemed similar to some Johnny Cash I have heard before. Overall, unexpected surprise.

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nick cave królem jest

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This just gives me Edgar Allan Poe vibes and I don't know how to explain it but I love it. It has some questionable lyrivs, but well, the album is called Murder Ballads for a reason

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Dark

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4

Great but not Nick’s best

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NSFW awesome

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4

Automatic 4 stars for Where the Wild Roses Grow

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En general el concepto del disco me gustó mucho y creo que valdría la pena dedicarle una oída a profundidad a las letras. Mi único (gran) pero, es que la voz de Nick Cave (especialmente combindada con lo largo de algunas canciones) me llega a fastidiar bastante.

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4.5| que buen disco, noto mucho Leonard Cohen en su tesitura pero nada que moleste. La manera de contar las historias y de igual manera que el disco pasado de Lou Reed muy gris y macabro por hablar de muertes, me gustó mucho

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A pesar de que obviamente el estilo y género de canciones es muy conocido no tenía conocimiento de que se les llamara formalmente "murder ballads." La única vez que había escuchado el término pensé, sin darle mayor importancia, que había sido inventado para una presentación de los Tiger Lillies (que recomiendo ampliamente); todo esto no viene mucho al caso pero se me hace curioso que en todos estos años nunca me tope con el término formal. Al leer sobre el disco y el concepto pensé de entrada que iban a ser covers de canciones folclóricas clásicas del género y, aunque si vi que hay un par me pareció muy interesante que la mayoría son composición suya o al menos de creación moderna. A Nick Cave realmente llegué a conocerlo por la conexión de constantes colaboraciones con Blixa Bargeld (quien hizo quizá de las canciones más interesantes musicalmente en el disco a mi parecer - Lovely Creature, y quien debería estar en esta lista y lo más probable no esté btw) y se me hace un proyecto que varia mucho en sus discos pero siempre ofrece algo musicalmente interesante. En este caso también ofrecen a mi parecer algo líricamente macabro y delicioso con una cuenta de víctimas que si no me equivoco es como de más de 50 al menos si sumamos los muertitos de todas las canciones. Hace sin duda honra a su nombre, me agradó mucho y aunque siempre he pensado que Nick Cave suena a alguien imitando la voz de Leonar Cohen (que no digo que lo haga pero a eso suena) en este caso queda muy bien para el mood del proyecto. Las colaboraciones ya sean con PJ Harvey o Kylie o etc bien a secas, aunque buenas las canciones ni siquiera se me hacen las mejores del disco. Todo un disco que aunque al parecer surgió entre capricho/reto/broma terminó con algo tremendamente cohesivo de calidad, muy distinto y único.

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Jedan dosta dobar zimski album. Puno albuma gospodin Nick i njegova škvadra imaju ispod svog pojasa za koje bi se reklo da su fantastični, ovaj nije toliko baš, ali je jako dobar. Dakle nije mi u top 5, ali svejedno zaslužuje veliki rejting.

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Dark, dark tracks - in case the title doesn't give it away. Songs focused of death and murder and the vocals and music fits all of these songs perfectly. Best Tracks: Stagger Lee; The Curse of Millhaven; O'Malley's Bar

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Spooky, raw, indebted to history

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Nick Cave is like if a vampire was telling you about his day. Had a hard time getting through this, even though I actually enjoyed pretty much every track. Took me nearly three days! Don't know why. Nick Cave will always make me think of Wings of Desire/Himmel Uber Berlin.

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4

Not my kind of music at all, but songwriting is excellent

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Dark and theatrical.

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A near perfect album. An dark atmosphere of terrible tales told around a camp fire. At turns viscious, funny, sad and beautiful. Definitely worth a listen.

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3.5 - CD gave me a chuckle so we will round up today :)

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Exactly what it says on the tin. And it's fucking incredible. I'll admit that when I first listened, I accidentally had it on shuffle so it went from tracks 1->2->6 and I had quite the whiplash when I had to go back to track 3, the weakest track on the album, when track 6 is one of the strongest. I had to make sure that didn't cloud my judgement of the album as a whole, and thankfully most everything else on here is incredibly strong. All about murder, of course. Probably the best song on the album, which I really didn't expect, was a full fifteen minute long track called O'Malley's Bar, it doesn't develop much musically from front to back but the lyrical story and sheer strength of the music already there keeps you hooked all the way through. It's incredible. Great fucking songs on here, even if the album isn't consistent all the way through.

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4

Fantastic of course and probably more consistent than some other albums.

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dope! genau likas ally

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Heavy heavy album. Nick is such an incredible story teller, maybe the best in rock history. His talent for putting real meat on the bones of the characters that inhabit his tales of murder and mayhem is sans pareil. And the accompaniment and arrangements of the Bad Seeds enhance the drama. 4 🌟

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I didn't like this upon release, but it's really grown on me over the years

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4

Inimitable.

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A good album this with some great songs, not least "Where The Wild Roses Grow" with the , then, unlikely pairing with disco/pop "Diva" Kylie Minogue. "Stagger Lee" "The Curse of Millhaven" and "Death Is Not the End" great stuff and rightfully here in my opinion!

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Iconic

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For the most part utterly depressing, but I did find myself getting into it more as the album went on. Especially like the Curse of Millhaven and O'Malley's Bar, "And with an ashtray as big as a fucking really big brick I split his skull in half" is a phenomenal lyric

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4.5 - It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call this record an artistic triumph. Cave’s voice is a deep croon that’s equally capable of frothing with rage, brooding with regret and choking with desperation. What an unmatched voice. Some songs unfold as poetic eulogies (“Where the Wild Roses Grow”) and others like dramatizations of grizzly crime scenes (“O’Malley’s Bar”). The instrumental backing adds subtle depth and amazing atmosphere. In particular, “O’Malley’s Bar” feels like you’re actually listening to the killer in the act. Great contributions by PJ Harvey and others to boot!

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I actually really like a lot of modern "murder-folk" like Amigo The Devil, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, and the Bridge City Sinners. This feels like an interesting exploration of Grisly ballads long before that recent explosion in popularity. || Only a few songs really stuck out to me. Feels like a 3.5, but I'll round up.

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4

Muy interesante

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4

Some great tracks. Great lyrics as ever from Nick Cave. Some tracks reminded me of early Pogues - not a bad thing at all.

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4

Excellent storytelling, interesting features.

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4

Less a collection of songs and more a series of horror stories set to music. Upsetting and horrifying but beautifully mesmerizing. Lovely melodies belie their ugly lyrical content. The cover art is an eerie match to the tales inside. Unique and finely crafted. My only complaint is that O'Malley's Bar goes on and on and on. Death Is Not The End seems like it might be a nice ending to all the brutality but even its lyrics aren't particularly hopeful.

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I first encountered the term "murder ballad" when I was reading Wikipedia about Dwight Yoakam's album "Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room." There was a link to an entire article about them. I realized that I was familiar with them--just one of those things you don't really think about until you wonder why there are so many of these old murderous songs that are often beautiful sounding...like the title song from that Dwight Yoakam album. I also read that Nick Cave created this album as a home for "O'Malley's Bar," since on its own I think it would cause lots and lots of concern. (I was still concerned. It's a very concerning song.) But so now the album's title makes it very clear what to expect. Murder. And lots of it. Although, I'm not sure these all count as the sort of beautiful folk ballads that go with the second part of the title. Mind you, "Where the Wild Roses Grow" and "Henry Lee" are right there on point. Beautiful, but...oh! "Stagger Lee," however... not sure I could imagine an Appalachian waif of yore singing that one. But it's been a while since a song brought me so many jaw-dropping surprises after surprises. Whoa! Whoa! I haven't really been able to process this album yet. "The Curse of Millhaven" made me feel like I was hit by a Mack truck, driven by a 15-year-old. This was a trip to a very disturbing dark side. I don't know if I liked that, but it's definitely made an impact on me, and I can't say it wasn't absolutely fascinating. I don't think I'll forget this one soon.

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5 Bats subtotal, minus 1 Bat for a distasteful and flippant use of Stagger Lee.

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4

A R'n'R Bloodbath.

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Holy shit. Am I becoming a NIck Cave fan? Yes I am. 4

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Yeah I think I get Nick Cave now. "Ghosteen" was kinda dull but this is dark and captivating. Wonderfully textured atmospheres, dramatic vocalisations, theatrical lyrics, it's got it all. "Stagger Lee" is so fucking cool and disturbing and the culminating noise and screams at the end were haunting. Album really paints a vivid picture of tortured minds. Kylie Minogues feature on "Where the Wild Roses Grow" is beautiful. "The Curse of Millhaven" is a great catchy folk song about of murderous rampage.

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Already listened to it

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Hey man Just remember that death is not the end. I really liked this one. It sometimes seems like gibberish, like old ass stories some dude would tell me while I'm sharing a pint with him in some fucking crusty pub. The backing vocals sort of forming this fucked up ghostly Choir. I don't know I liked it.

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Yes! Wanted some Nick Cave on here. Very atmospheric and emotive singing, I enjoyed the collaborations with PJ Harvey and Kylie Minogue. The sombre tone wasn't what I wanted today, but the album is very good for the right mood.

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Just fantastic storytelling. One of the great captivating voices

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Seem like the algorithm picked up that I like the last Nick Cave album that came up (The Boatman's call). This too is good, although desolate as hell - but with a title like that what was I expecting? Hard times for Mr Cave with another of his sons recently having passed away. The man is already in a dark spot so can only think where this will take him

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I only vaguely knew of Nick Cave before listening, I had a hazy recollection of the duet he did with Kylie (on this cut). I wasn't looking forward to listening too much given the rather grisly concept of the album, and certainly this collection of songs channel a macabre, dark, grim essence. And yet, as much as it is quite a hard listen in places, I found this album oddly compelling; there are some really catchy tunes and Cave's growling vocals suit the subject matter perfectly. After listening, I found myself confused... had I enjoyed it? It certainly evoked feelings of disgust and yet also allure, and maybe that is the whole point of the album.

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Dark, brooding and overall fantastic.

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Dis my jam. Although, I did. It realise how many of these had been parodied by Mark and Lard so could not take them all seriously. Still loved it though.

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växte på en

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Väldigt creepy, inget jag skulle lyssna på annars men gör det den är till för. Instrumenten är snyggt byggda kring Nick och han gör en sjuk insats

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Like a rock opera

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Strange album. I kinda liked it but only out of amusement. Does it belong on this list?

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Cool vibes. Love his deep voice. Works well with the album. Fav track is the duet with Kylie Minogue

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3.0

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Tämä levy oli joskus ensikosketukseni Nick Caveen hittibiisi Where the Wild Roses Grow:n kautta. Hieman vaikeampi lähestyttävä kuin listalla aiemmin ollut Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. Työnteon taustamusiikkina välillä jopa häiritsevän poukkoilevaa menoa. Rauhassa keskittyen kuunnellessa tämä toimi paremmin, mutta silti preferoin hieman rauhallisempaa Caven tuotantoa. Death Is Not The End oli miellyttävä päätös levylle.

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Only listened to first few songs

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Decent album with good story telling, it's an album of murder ballads

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Haven't listened to an album this dependent on narrative song structures in a while. Some tracks definitely overlong, but this is an LP meant to be taken in as a whole.

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Murder Ballads is an appropriate name for this album. I didn't hate it, but it's not something I would listen to on the regular. I appreciate the artistry of it.

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Meh. It's violent and depressing.

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I don't love albums that really demand my attention lyrically, but I did enjoy this more than the ABC - Love album we listened to earlier. Favorite track - The curse of millhaven

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Me ha sorprendido un par de canciones chulas. Buena cadencia y ritmo.

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I’ll pass on “stagger lee”. I don’t hate the music style but I don’t think I love it either.

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Nice, very moody.

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Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Song of Joy, The Curse of Millhaven Cutting Edge: O'Malley's Bar Overall Notes: Was a LOT better the third time compared to the first and second. Great storyteller, but I prefer it when my music does something beyond telling a good story. Similar to Marvin Gaye in that I need to be in the mood to enjoy it.

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Actually quite good fun, notwithstanding the subject matter. Fairly eclectic covering much of Cave/Bad Seeds styles.

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Loved it! Loved the style, loved the variety of voices and styles, the use of irony, loved all the murder and death and darkness. I thought it was brilliant. Didn't appreciate the message that we should all keep our daughters at home because of the big bad world, but I don't think he'd get away with that now so I'm going to overlook it.

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Był okej

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Exactly as the title suggests. Super vivid stories told in each song. It was definitely something different, I don’t know if I would listen again

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Not my cup of tea, but very well made for what it is. Last two songs, though a tad repetitive, are the highlights for me. “Death Is Not The End” is a perfect darkly optimistic finish in both concept and execution for this mostly bleak album

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Non tutto quello che fa mi piace, ma comunque trovo Nick Cave un personaggio interessante. In quest'album la sensazione è la stessa: è interessante ma non tutto quello che ho ascoltato mi è piaciuto. La cosa che non mi spiego è come, nonostante sia spesso incompatibile con i miei gusti, riesca a non farmi schifo e anzi, rimanga ad ascoltarlo. Tranne Where the Wild Roses Grow che ho trovato troppo banale e al secondo ascolto ho skippato. Tra il 2 e il 3. Ma 2 mi sembra troppo poco.

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Oli siinä biisejä ainakin

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Good but not my favourite Nick Cave album.

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This album is a hoot! Super theatrical, great storytelling, decent musicianship. I'd keep it around for kitsch value, but probably wouldn't do much "pleasure" listening. The Kylie Minogue duet is clearly an outlier as the most accessible song on the album, but I also dug some of the earthier, more raw tracks too.

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I didn't try to listen to this too hard. Maybe there's something there, but I couldn't find it on one pass... and frankly spent a lot of time listening to my favorite dental hygienist, Jane Weaver this weekend.

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I guess you have to give him credit for sticking to a theme and carrying it all the way through. Definitely story-time song in the Nick Cave style about death. They range in gratuitousness, but are generally consistent and though the last song is probably weaker than the rest, they keep a steady balance through the album. if you're in the mood... this will do it.

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Mostly found this overwrought. Certainly interesting, but I can’t matinees sitting down and choosing to listen through this for pleasure.

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Extremely uncomfortable but also very good. I am torn. Might go back to this. 3 for now

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This one is somewhat weird and also rather a mixed bag. Sort of sounds like bad guy songs from Disney cartoon movies. The quality also widely varies. For most of the album I wanted to round this up to a 4 from a 3.5. But O'Malley's Bar went on for way too long and then the last song Death Is Not The End was horrible. The album was at least quite interesting and had some very good parts. So this could have been a really good one. But it is what it is.

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I like the idea of this album and had a good time listening to it. The songwriting style gets a little repetitive, but overall a good listen. I don’t think it’s something I’d put on frequently though, it’s just a little too out there for me to listen to much.

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Story

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Great music and lyrics but super depressing..

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Note to self, try this one again. It was nasty and interesting. A little on the fence about its artistic merit, but it's definitely appropriate for this kind of list.

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6/10

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Got interesting towards the middle but I wasn't a fan really

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So conflicted. I feel like I should love, love, love this with the darkness and mood, but did not connect.

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7/10

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cool concept, executed fairly well

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Dark folky madness. Cool concept but also a bit one-trick-pony-ish.

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Dark, stories set to music. Not really a bop or a vibe as the kid say

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What a weird concept. Songs were fine, but just so out of left field I don't think I particularly want to listen to it again.

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a little loud

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Not my vibe

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This album was alright, not my favourite but it was interesting for sure.

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Favorite track was Where the Wild Roses Grow

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A pretty good album, but I didn't love it or hate it. Very ballad-y, very murder-y, so it delivered on its premise. I guess I just didn't expect the premise to be so...literal. I'm not complaining, I was just surprised that every single song was a murder ballad. I like a dark concept though. Every track on here was SO hit or miss in terms of how enjoyable it was. Fave track was Where the Wild Roses Grow, just because it was so beautiful. Overall a very weird album. Definitely deserves to be on this list, though I have to admit I wouldn't listen to it start-to-finish again. Just some select faves.

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Some good stuff on this one. Interesting, unexpected. Felt kind of like a movie soundtrack, and I mean that in a good way. His voice kind of wore on me a bit after a handful of tracks -- not sure why; maybe because it kind of felt at times like a Leonard Cohen impression? the style of some of the songs added to that feel -- but it's well-written and very well performed.

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Super cool eerieness to Nick's voice. Definitely will be listening to his other albums too

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Love the fullness of his voice. Really enjoyed "Where the Wild Roses Grow". The rest of the album was good, but nothing special IMO. Liked, did not love. C+

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3.5

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Genre: Alternative Rock 3/5 Well, Nick Cave has certainly listened to some Tom Waits in his day. Having listened to the album Rain Dogs just a few weeks ago for this here project, this sounds like somewhat of a knockoff. The concept is fun and different, and I think the instrumentation and arrangements were all interesting, but it's almost a total ripoff of Tom Waits. Songs like Stagger Lee take the Tom Waits growls and drunken storytelling nearly note for note, and the only thing that changes is how many times Nick Cave says motherfucker. This album is fairly star-studded (features fellow Aussie Kylie Minogue), and it all sounds rather expensive and technical, and I'm sure it was a labor of love. But this thing, while sounding nothing quite like its contemporaries, reeks of its direct influences. If you like this, listen to Rain Dogs, and this will all sound like its weird twin brother.

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Indeed, it's actually a collection of grisly, horrific, profane serenades like a vindictive villain. I get it, Nick Cave has a deep catalog of starkly vile dirges to back him up. That's all.

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couple of very good songs but the concept is a bit repetitious, and after the perfect Kylie song its downhill

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Several terrible songs to be skipped. A couple decent ones though

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I really wanted to like this but could not get into it

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Hmmm not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it.

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Ok

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I started to listen to this album as I crawled into bed last evening. It did a great job of lulling me to sleep, and from what I made out last night, I was not all that interested. Now, in the daylight, it has a curious appeal. I am not actually interested in the lyrical content of the murder ballads, but the over all auditory experience is kind of attractive.

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Not my favorite Cave record. Solid, for what it is, but there's a lot on it that I don't care if I ever hear again.

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Dużo lepsze te ballady, niż Cohena. Słuchało się przyjemnie, opowieść wciągała i angażowała. Dobór wokalistek też nieprzypadkowy, dobrze zgrywają się z Nickiem i pasują do tych opowieści. Muzycznie - klasyka, lekki podkład, nie wysuwa się na pierwszy plan, a jedynie towarzyszy. Najciekawsze na płycie aranżacja "Death Is Not The End" Dylana i "Where The White Roses Grow".

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I think a single word to sum up this record is "weird". I really liked the music composition and arrangements. However, I raised my eyebrows a couple times during listening, due to eccentric lyrics (album title doesn't disappoint) as well as some of the sounds, especially unorthodox singing by Nick Cave. Album left me clueless whether I enjoyed it or not. Worth a listen, but I don't think I'll ever feel the need to come back to it.

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Wacky but fun story-driven album Very unique

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I had been a massive Nick Cave fan for nearly a decade leading up to this coming out. Murder Ballads marks a point where I started to lose interest in the Bad Seeds. For all the grime and murder than is sung about this album sounds as dangerous as the poser at the local shopping mall pretending to be a gangster. The days of the wild Birthday Party Nick Cave were long gone, replaced by a Nick more suited to parlour rooms and red wine. It is still a good album if what a little subdued and patchy in places

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Parts of this were boring and parts were interesting but overall it was just an alright dark storytelling album. Henry lee was pretty good

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Great storytelling and vocals, but kind of monotonous towards the end.

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I always want to like Nick Cave, but usually I can't find much to like. This one is alright though.

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fucking offbeat Gen X nonsense

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I can appreciate the concept but I personally did not enjoy it. The lyrics were almost too good at describing the gruesome deaths in the songs. I also wasn't a huge fan of his singing voice. There were some nice moments like Where the Wild Roses Grow but otherwise I found it off-putting.

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Melodramatic, and not in a fun, satisfying, or endearing way. The delivery, while not exactly convincing, is fine. The playing is also generally decent. Hasn't exactly turned me off of Mr. Cave, but it doesn't bode well that this is one of his more popular projects. The worst parts of horrorcore, indie-rocked.

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Not for me.

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Liked the Kylie song the best. Couldn’t get into - lots of creepy stories short on tunes. Sorry.

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It's a clever concept but I just can't get into the dark, violent lyrics

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Just OK.

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Conceptually interesting but completely nondynamic

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I don't get it...

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I understand it’s relevance in music and can appreciate that, but this is definitely not an easy listen for me.

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Some fun parts in this, but it wasn’t really my jam. The “la da da da das” and “la da da da dees” got on my nerves lol

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Sonically very interesting. It’s moody and dark but still lush and bright in spots. I dig it but it’s not my favorite so far. It’s kind of same-y for me. I can’t quite describe it. Shoutout to Kylie.

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Yeah I did not enjoy this and there were filthy lyrics in there. I know it is about murder but it was scary music and not enjoyable. I know it is controversial to not like Nick Cave, and I feel like everyone has always just expected me to. But I said it, I'm not a Nick Cave fan. Its out there. Leave me alone

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Not my cup of tea

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5

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Liked Where the Wild Roses Grow and The Curse of Millhaven. Something different and interesting, if not unsettling as hell. Album cover is also pretty cool, one of my favorites so far

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it all got a bit samey to the end of this. i really wanted to like it, but it just isn't grinderman. nigel, come back, i really want to know what you've got to say about this.

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I hate it. I couldn't finish listening to it. I think he's interesting but it's not for me.

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Exactly what it said it would be.

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Imagine unironically being Australian. Embarrassing

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No sabía que había un género de música que se hace horrible a propósito. Ahora lo sé.

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- i understand the praise that it receives but its just not for me x - waiting for the kylie minogue feature PLS - 2/5 for me - likes: stagger lee, where the wild roses grow, the kindness of strangers - dislikes: the curse of millhaven (not the motown hoedown i cant)

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kringel

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a good album for halloween and nothing else

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I dont think I get nick cave. probably didnt give it a fair shot

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“The Curse of Millhaven” was catchy I’ll give them that but I’m NOT listening to a 14 min song that is that mediocre. 2.7

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Points for originality but not for me

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Un disco muy interesante y siniestro. Es una cosa rara que seguramente jamás habría escuchado de no ser por esta lista, y aunque está bien ejecutado y producido, dudo mucho volver a escuchar por gusto. Por cierto, este está como que en la misma línea del disco de Berlin, justo antes de este.

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Didn’t enjoy

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I'm convinced that Nick Cave could have been a theatrical performer. Otherwise, there's not much to this album that I enjoyed other than "Where the Wild Roses Grow". Maybe that's more because of Kylie?

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Dark and bluesy but not inspiring

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Hard to listen to! If I didn’t know who Nick Cave was I’d have thought this was a spoof album.

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Other than the gimmick of comprising an album full of songs about murder and death, this is a pretty boring album

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weird. And weird in a bad way.

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From reading the other reviews, seems like there are deeper meanings to each song, but musically I just don’t enjoy it, so I can’t get into it.

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Just kinda cringey. It’s art but lacks a campfire quality that might make it sound like a western tale. There are a few Nick Cave moments I love, but none of them are here. The best part was PJ Harvey.

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Je peux vraiment comprendre l'attrait de cet artiste, mais pour moi on dirait une version plus rock alternative et moins bonne de Leonard Cohen. Des bonnes tounes par-ci par-là mais plusieurs dont j'avais hâte qu'elles finissent

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Boring

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Ummm.... music or spoken word? Either way not a fan

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There is just a ridiculous amount of Nick Cave on this list. This is another okay, slightly overly pretentious outing of his work..

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Don’t mind his voice but not my thing otherwise.

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I bet this album is very polarizing. I didn't particularly like it. It wanted to be moody and depressing but I just found it boring. I don't care for the rambling stories for lyrics.

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Where the wild roses grow - fiu fiu fiu extra. Reszta poniżej przeciętnej, każda piosenka w formie ballady z historią która potrafiła się dłużyć. Niektórych utworów nie mogłem do końca przesłuchać bo zaczął wyć jak w Stagger Lee. 2.5/5

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Couple of decent songs.

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No album title in this collection more accurately reflects its contents. While Kylie’s presence offers a nice break from the mostly tedious vocals, this is mostly gloomy and turgid (but one should have expected that). 2.5 > 2

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Boring.

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"Stagger Lee" was pretty good. Otherwise, not worth listening to. On the bright side, this was the fourth Nick Cave album I had to listen to on this list so I think that's the last one.

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It was not my kind of music, lots of storytelling, not very much melody, rhythm, good instrumentation, or vocals.

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Nooooooooooope. Made it through 1.5 tracks before punting. I can tell that the orchestration is interesting, but there's absolutely nothing appealing with respect to the singing and the content itself. 1 tiny star.

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Just fucking weird. A girl crying in the background of one of the songs.

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Nick Cave war noch nie so mein Fall, nach dem 1. Song dieses Machwerks war mir auch wieder klar, warum: er enthält schlicht keinen Grund, das Album weiterzuhören. Was ich daher auch nicht getan habe. Und mir bei Nick Cave zukünftig sparen werde.

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Hated it

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The Curse of Millhaven was a nice break but honestly the album was really not my thing. A interesting voice but IMHO a goth Bob Dylan aka awful.

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Don't like his voice

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Terrible.

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Couldn't get through it - it's everything I dislike about weird storytime songs

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Well this was one of the weirder sets of music I’ve ever heard... lot of names of people and the same tone for everything, seemed pretty low-quality to my ears

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People always slag of Nick Cave and now I understand why. This is a pile of shite from start to finish, even the Kylie track is terrible. Whilst the macabre themes would usually appeal to me, unfortunately I desperately listened to all 59mins of this album hoping that surely one song would be alright but no! this was a waste of time to be honest and as far as I’m concerned Nick Cave now owes me 59 mins of my life back.

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not this...

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What the hell is this album, I did not like this album at all, way to weird for me 1/5

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This album is astonishingly bad. Surely it’s satire.

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Utter shite…

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I still think would best, for most of these albums, to go into listening to new music with an open mind and not reading details and reviews in advance. (Not that I'm following that guidance very well.) "Murder Ballads" is not one of those occasions. It's good to know what you're getting into with this one. Are you in the mood to hear ten dark and haunting (both in lyrics and instrumentation) stories of murder? Halfway through the first song I realized - "oh, murder ballads!" I've heard the term before but didn't connect it at first. The dark and twisted cousin of sea shanties? I've never listened to a whole album of murder ballads. And I won't again. Felt a bit like wandering lost in cobblestoned back-alleys of a late 1800s city with poor sanitation, not knowing what horror will await you around the next corner. It's interesting and different, but it's a no from me, dawg. (And that was before "O'Malley's Bar" kept going, and going, and going, with weird grunts and moans...)

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This does nothing for me.

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Dear Nick Seed, Stop adding yourself to this album list. Sincerely, Disappointed Jon

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невыносимый говор у этого реднека просто фу

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Really not a big fan of this style of music. Reminds me of Tom Waitts.

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I just don’t get him ! 1*

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realmente nao posso dar uma nota pra um tipo de projeto em que nao casa minimamente com o que considero bom. gosto é gosto

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This was...something. Its definitely interesting but im not sure I'll ever go out of my way to listen to it again.

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Couldn't finish the album, Nick was just getting on my nerves. I apologize.Tried to like Nick Cave before but i just couldn't and i think i have to deal with it , i never will.

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Yeah I don’t fucking get it. The instrumentation is pretty decent but his voice is almost purposefully boring. What lonely bastard picked this list?

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Is this music? I couldn't take it after 4 songs.

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Musically, this album is great to listen to, a throwback to Western-style compositions, transporting one's imagination to the Old West. Spoken word/story-telling is certainly captivating until the subject matter callously reminds the listener that this is not western music. However, where this album subjectively fails is in the literal storytelling. Explicit language, innuendo, etc., these things may further storytelling in other mediums, but here it feels more like an intentional means of cutting one's self off at the knees. Inserting explicit references for perceivably no real reason to tell a story that ultimately fails at telling anything is frustrating to experience. "Swagger Lee" being the first cringe-worthy song, we are treated to an incredible setting with an interesting set of characters, until all of that goes away with "Swagger Lee" being nothing short of a despicable villain. "O'Malley's Bar" doubles down on the poor story-telling topped with terrible singing, sort of asking the question if whether or not this is where Kanye West learned how to not hold a note. This album is incredibly disappointing in spite of its capability to be a good jam. All the makings and presentation of a great gift, lacking the substance of anything meaningful.

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Understand why this album is titled “Murder Ballads” as I felt like murdering myself while listening. Then realized it was Nick Cave who probably should be murdered, and I felt better.

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Listening to the first three songs of this was a real slog. I struggled with the vocals. I hated the lyrics. As each of these songs ended my desire to continue listening kept plummeting. “Lovely Creature” was the first song where things started looking a little better... and after that I already was familiar with “Where the Wild Roses Grow” which continued along this line. I didn’t hate this song, in no small part to the performance of Kylie Minogue. But it sounded much worse than I recall on this album. From then on it all heads rapidly south again. I’m sure someone might enjoy this as some kind of satirical joke or something, but my only joy was hearing it end.

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do.not.like. awful. That's as creative as I can get. It seems unfair; there was clearly a great deal of effort and creativity given to the music - haunting. It's almost entirely his voice - awful, dry, in-your-face;literally impossible to get by. Hearing his lip smacks - this is the kind of thing that would have gotten me a failing mark in engineering school having left that garbage in the tracks. omg these lyrics. jfc. Might have been really interesting as an instrumental soundtrack. Lovely album cover tho 2/10 1 star

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AHH NO. no no no no no no. no. i wanted to rip everything and scream at this. everything about it made me absolutely angry. not one good thing came from listening to this. no.

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The depictions of violence in this album were legitimately emotionally distressing and I was not prepared for it.

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