Monday, April 14, 2014

Album Review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Lyre of Orpheus

In 2004 The Lyre of Orpheus was released as a double album with its hairier companion Abattoir Blues.  It opens with the funereal stomp of the title track, with Nick Cave singing the most visceral lyrics ("Eurydice's eyes popped from their sockets and her tongue burst through her throat").  It's a highlight of the set.

After that we get softer tracks like the almost David Gray strum of Breathless and the twinkling piano of Babe, You Turn Me On.  Better are the yearning Easy Money, and the solid Spell.  The skittering Supernaturally doesn't really work, and towards the end the choir prevalent on Abattoir Blues returns for Carry Me and O Children.  It's all very... tasteful and the songs are all of decent quality but it's not hugely... exciting I'm afraid.