Watching Alice is the type of pretty piano ballad Cave does so well, and he plays a fine harmonica midway through. Mercy is a sort of melodramatic ballad where the band's vocals play fast and loose with actually staying in tune. Cave breaks out his harmonica again on the Doors-meets-Joy Division of City of Refuge. Mick Harvey's bassline is practically a Peter Hook homage on the chorus. What follows, torch song Slowly Goes The Night, sees Nick Cave practically crooning his way through a fine melody.
The melodies throughout the album are really strong, from the strutting Sunday's Slave to the almost jaunty singalong of New Morning, making this an essential Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album.