Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
Nick Cave knows how to put forth the subtle hook. This is evident on the lead track, "We Know Who U R."
He shows an even better knack to make compelling music on "Wide Lovely Eyes." The songs might seem wordy at first listen. But the words are worth hearing. They complement the music rather than seeming as an exercise in poetry run amok.
If only every track was riveting. Maybe he just needs a little more attention from the listener. It's not the kind of music, which is going to reel you in whether or you're fixated or not going in.
At this stage in his career, Cave is unlikely to worry about whether your on board with his approach. And his rock making arsenal is ample enough to come up with a song as remarkable as "Higgs Boson Blues." It's not a blues, at least not in the Muddy Waters sense of the word. It does show a knowledge of blues history and American folklore blended in with pop culture references.
"Jubilee Street" is a winner, too. The two longest tracks are the most successful. But "Finishing Jubilee Street" comes up short. Usually a reprise or a sequel pales in comparison to the original.
Cave's music works well for movie scores. And the music on this album sounds like movie music at times. This isn't the ideal setting for rock music or listening in general when there's not big screen accompaniment. "We Real Cool" isn't so cool.
At least you want to keep listening. And I'm looking forward to what comes next. It would be better if the next memorable project is an album. But an important part of film making is the score. And it's safe to say Cave will continue to have a flair for the important.
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