Originally released in 1997, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ album The Boatman’s Call was a move toward the more gracefully melancholic from the gloomy Antipodean from the previous Murder Ballads, with his most personal album to date. A classic for anyone who doesn't own it yet, and Nick Cave’s most critically acclaimed work. CD and DVD on Mute.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 10th February 2015
"The Boatman's Call" demonstrates Nick Cave's considerable gifts as a songwriter like no other of his albums. A suite of understated, brooding pieces on the dissolution of a relationship, this is arguably Cave's most mature work. The Bad Seeds take a back seat to the songcraft, with stripped-down arrangements allowing Cave's naked yearning and anguish to take centre stage. Cave's search for the divine continues on "Into My Arms", "Brompton Oratory" and "There is a Kingdom", songs that sound almost hymnal in their composition. When he sings "Are You the One I've Been Waiting For?" the subject is murky: is Cave talking about his soulmate or God? "Lime Tree Arbour" takes a gothic turn: a boatman standing watch on a lake, a lone bird circling overhead, doomed lovers holding hands in a lonely arbour.
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