Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - CARNAGE
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Doublez
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Carnage is not just another page, it opens the door to a whole new story. It is a human and personal deliverance for the authors who allow us for 40 delicious minutes to close our eyes and escape.

Unless you were born yesterday, there is no need to introduce Nick Cave, a genius, an accomplished legend in the history of music. The Australian, known under multiple aliases, first as a band in the late 70s in the midst of the birth of Post-Punk and New Wave with The Boys Next Door quickly ... read more
cakenator
75
Average boy cum enjoyer
Chode
79
When Nick Cave drops, you drop everything to listen.

Through his 90s and 2000s output, Nick Cave famously became one of the most thespian names in music. While rough around the edges, his earliest fortes into post-punk were made so exceptional by Cave’s one-of-a-kind and dramatically bombastic vocal performances alongside the idiosyncratic and ceaselessly creative instrumentation. Delightful and sumptuous piano ballads were prominent in The Boatman’s Call, Let Love In was by far ... read more
nielsensratings
82
I listened to this and then immediately turned on Kero Kero Bonito. This album is still amazing, but yeh Kero Kero Bonito.
CLJesse
85
It was very dark in the cave so Nick tried to make his way out but caused carnage on the way but then he heard the boatman's call causing him to let love in. Despite this, Nick knew he was going sit in the mercy seat. He then vowed to stand by his good son during the birthday party and never let henry's dreams get in his way...
marvelgaryen
90
The nature of carnage is pure chaos and absolution. Nick Cave's voice is the powerful narrator throughout this record that resonate statements and poetry. The stunning production as the perfect background is yet another delight, the art rock opens space to the experimental & the balance at the ambient rock features. While I was listening the name Bob Dylan came to my mind, I'm sure he is a clear inspiration in this as well.
We can also talk about the beauty of each track, the song ... read more
avernannes
80
★★★★★★★★☆☆
8/10

"CARNAGE" is, in nearly every possible aspect, everything that all singer-songwriter albums out there aspire to be. First, the emotional baggage. The time of hopelessness and misery is an incredibly heart-breaking, but just as sincere and authentic foundation for that kind of piece. It's always this authenticity for me, that matters most in poetry, and thus in the singer-songwriter genre. You just always can relate more, feel the emotions of the ... read more
BGL13
82
yeah this is absolutely fucking beautiful. i’ve never been a HUGE fan of nick cave but this makes me want to check out more of his work. his voice sounds absolutely incredible and the lyrics are fantastic. there is however, one track (white elephant) that i absolutely can’t stand. but other than that one track, this is incredible
faves: hand of god, balcony man, albuquerque, lavender fields, shattered ground
least fave: white elephant
Jamobo
75
Separated from most of the Bad Seeds, his long standing band, by a year long pandemic, Nick Cave returns with an album with his most prolific and long standing collaborator, Warren Ellis

Cave's career has the sort of longevity and critical love that would even make Prince or David Bowie a little envious. Several years and projects that explored as much of the Goth Rock and Post Punk scene that he could, as early as 1980 in the group The Birthday Party. Going from strength to strength, through ... read more
MasterCrackfox
85
Over the last year I have mostly avoided the term "lockdown album", as I think it often misses the mark to place every single album from the last year within a single year, as if the music won't be able to survive outside of a global pandemic. Certainly the isolation and anxiety felt by many over the last twelve months has informed much of art, and arguably music more than any other, but the mere fact that a record was recorded during the lockdown doesn't immediately make it your ... read more
snowman
70
7/10
I like how its called Carnage and the music is soft, chill and reflective. That's some Rian Johnson level of expectation subverting. Is it the aoty genre defining masterpiece you'd expect? Not exactly; at least to me. But it's still a top shelf quality singer-songwriter LP with fantastic instrumentals.
halbery
86
i had a dream that nick cave was outside my window and his hair was all wet
Jallen2035
93
For my 100th review, I could not be happier to review Carnage by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. This album took me so long to review because this album calls for your undivided attention and I feel an album like this deserves multiple listens. I finally feel I can speak on Carnage.

I sort of went into this album blind. I know some of Nick Cave’s earlier albums and I love songs like Red Right Hand, but I am not as familiar with his albums past the 90’s. This being said I haven't ... read more
MRusso98
82
Purely on a sound perspective (it's too soon to come with a lyrics review and my rating may change during the time, but I feel I'm in need to say something about it so who cares) IT'S INCREDIBLE. THAT'S IT, THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO SAY.

FAVORITE TRACK: Albuquerque
GersonAOTY
71
I can feel that this album is well produced and worked, but it just didn't captivate me the way I thought it would, while the first part has excellent moments like "Hand Of God" and "White Elephant" the second part left me wanting much. Maybe this album is not exactly my favorite style of music but I think it could do better in several things for a more pleasant experience, since we have deep lyrics and interesting productions.

Hand of God (8/10)
Old Time (7.2/10)
Carnage ... read more
jkpyg
85
The second half is a 100. Those last 4 tracks are incredible. The first 3 are pretty good, but White Elephant is probably the weakest song here. As all Nick Cave albums, I’m sure it’ll grow on me.

EDIT - Also I’m mad because I wrote the exact line ‘ We bought a house in the country where we could lose our minds’ into a song in November.
leolucia
75
VERY GOOD

Favourite tracks: Hand of God, White Elephant
365WHATAPPLE
60
I want Nick Cave to spit on me
Andrei
80
Nick Cave's chilling songwriting and vocal performances make for a strangely beautiful album.
87
Nick Cave is undoubtedly a legend in music as a whole. The band "Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds" has made multitudes of amazing pieces of work. And throughout his discography he have had multiple stunning albums that blew critics and fans minds, so of course this surprise drop was very exciting, but did it live up to the hype?

God, yes.

This album is a chamber pop, singer-songwriter WORK OF ART! To start off, the lyrics describe what it's saying so well and the lyrics just have such a ... read more
Houdanny
74
Nick Cave is one of the few artists that I love that I have a real personal attachment to. Whenever I listen to his works, it reminds me of the times where me and my friends would get drunk and sing songs like Jubilee Street or Stagger Lee in the middle of the night. But over the past few years, his artistic direction has been increasingly despairing and dark, mainly coming about in 2016 after his brush with the grim reaper himself when his son tragically died. Then 2019 saw him release what ... read more
ThomasGuy
88
This album was actually my introduction to Nick Cave's music, and boy oh boy what a fantastic first impression it was.
soundworld
87
“CARNAGE” is amazing, and so are you.

The album feels like one long rumination inspired by the carnage of a year that was 2020, from isolation causing us to spend more time thinking and dreaming of the great old days, to the riots following the murder of yet another unarmed black man by police, to feeling like we’re trapped in a vicious circle of lockdown, people dying unnaturally, and overall decrease in the mental health of everybody. Such a reflection wouldn’t work ... read more
strangegeyser
80
⭐MUST HEAR ALBUM⭐
Long time collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have constructed a piece of work that is quite simply remarkable. The beating heart of Carnage is its introspective songwriting that can often feel existential and dystopian, performed with earnest. Although Carnage has its moments of raw and unhinged chaos, there are dazzling moments of serenity in the shape of whimsical production and melodramatic vocal performances. This records ability to fluctuate between the hideous ... read more
Tielur
90
Masterful.

The king of melodrama continues his streak into putting us into a state of catharsis with poetic needles into our bodies. A stunning piece of work that hits harder than it should. God bless Nick Cave, there is a kingdom.
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