Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Vinyl, CD & tapes by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Norman Records
Having pretty much converted every once-good hardcore punk band into a cheap imitation of himself, it's probably time to accept that Nick Cave has had a lasting influence on the musical landscape of now. A balladeer framing his works around dark comedy and complete gothic despair, his early records with the Bad Seeds have been reworked into a creative resurgence including the incredible Push the Sky Away and the stark, grieving Skeleton Tree.
Before sowing the seeds, Nick Cave had a stint in the immensely nihilistic punk group The Birthday Party, a band whose sound was rasher and more abrasive. Coming into his new band from there, you get the feeling he's been burned, his songs slowing down into their newfound balladeering gothica as if he knows everything about the world, of which he is weary. His early records comprised of macabre murder ballads, staggering drunk through regions darker than most levels on Dark Souls. Not content with wallowing, he grew up and made records with brighter corners and newer ideas; Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! was an odd conceptual record of urban-scrawling frenzy, while Push the Sky Away stands as one of his most well-rounded songwriter efforts. Nick Cave is of the post-punk old guard, but he's making it fresher than anyone else around now.
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