Originally Posted by loyatemu
got bored with the Nick Cave album after about 5 tracks and I'm now listening to Abattoir Blues instead. Wasn't mad on his last couple of records either.
I thought it felt a bit unsubstantial myself at first - all that floating ambiance can feel weightless - but I think it's a grower. The two longer songs on the second half of the album are outstanding. If you're in the right frame of mind they sound overwhelming.
I wouldn't entirely believe all the hype about it being this new version of him as a happy and welcoming New Agey guy. Most of these songs sound deliberately heavenly at first, but they have teeth - it's a deceptively dark record.
The final song, Hollywood, is something else - so ominous and brooding, maybe the only one here that's unambiguously grim sounding. I was listening to earlier today, going about my business, and there's a line in the song where he sings -
" The kid drops his bucket and spade
And climbs into the sun" -
and then the song immediately changes in feel and the weird bassline becomes even more prominent and utterly fcked sounding and I thought of the death of his son, which is there through everything on the record, and...just... powerful piece of music.