tiger yang wrote:
dammit, this means that warren ellis is going to have even more say in the bad seeds. and that can only mean more piano-ballad albums are in the future.
I'd like to get you guys' opinions on your personal fave Bad Seeds records. I've only recently (re: in the last year) REALLY gotten into the Bad Seeds but I'm finding that I really like piano-ballard stuff a lot (I guess I'm thinking 'Good Son' era, etc.) Since I only own 3 or 4 of their records at this point (including the last one - which I'm obsessed with), someone gimme some pointers on what I should be checking out. Thanx.
well, the good son
isn't part of the much-hated-on "piano ballad years" stuff, despite it being filled with piano ballads. most of those first 6 or 7 albums are damn near flawless.
(in chronological order: from her to eternity; the firstborn is dead; kicking against the pricks; your funeral, my trial; tender prey; the good son)
but for my money, the "masterpiece" of the bad seeds stuff was album #7: henry's dream
. it had the biggest budget he'd ever been able to work with at the time, and it's a sweeping, grandiose album of acoustic guitars, vicious lyrics, literary-gothic overtones, and deeper stories than anything johnny cash ever set to music.
next up was the "commercial breakthrough" (if that means ANYthing in nick's career) let love in
. red right hand
and do you love me
really brought in a lot of new fans, fans who mostly would've hated everything that came just a few albums before.
after that is murder ballads,
where i started to jump ship, because the lyrics became a little more, well, vulgar and banal for nick. at least in my opinion. and the boatman's call
pretty much insured that i just wouldn't give too big a toss about what was to come. no more shall we part
were the next two, and despite owning both, i'm not sure i've ever heard all of either. finally he put out the 2 disc abattoir blues/the lyre of orpheus
. one disc was the rocking disc, which while not memorable, had some great tunes, and the other disc was more of the same piano balladry that the previous 4 discs were brimming with. glad i own it, but haven't played it in years.
and then the grinderman
side project came, which i love more than damn near anything in his post-birthday party
collection. which is also the biggest reason that dig, lazarus, dig
is the best bad seeds album to come out since henry's dream
. . .
hope any of that mess helps. few artists have more than 8 albums i'd recommend, but for nick it seems easy . . .