Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
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Based on 13 reviews
2004 Ratings: #21 / 300
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Based on 115 ratings
2004 Ratings: #16
October 26, 2004 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes
This album rewards the listener with a bit of the best of everything he has to offer, and importantly affirms that Cave and The Bad Seeds are still at the top of their game.
90
Drowned in Sound
Few can harness creating the perfect atmosphere of a tale being told but here, it is beautifully done.
90
AllMusic
This set is an aesthetic watermark for Cave, a true high point in a long career that is ever looking forward.
80
Coke Machine Glow

Abattoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus, a beautiful, coherent listen, overtly reconciles the plodding heartbreak of Cave’s long, sleepy ballads with the brimstone of brief studio improvisation.

76
Pitchfork
At least here Cave's missteps occur when his reach exceeds his grasp, and the songs that fail manage to do so dramatically rather than boringly.
75
Spin

The Lyre of Orpheus is effectively Abattoir's spillover: more mellow (it's almost all trudging slow ones), less grand in conception, but-somehow-more pretentious in execution.

60
Rolling Stone

The Orpheus disc is quieter, and Blues is slightly more lewd, but taken together this may be the scariest album about panties, gorillas and bloody gods ever recorded.

WhatTheFunk
86
BAND BINGE: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, PART 2.

Yeah, this Monday, a little review of THE most accessible Nick Cave album...

I am willing to bet that the question "What's the best Nick Cave album?" will remain forever unanswered as he has proved to be protean throughout his career, but without a concept and bathed in light unlike usual, we can at least say that among his best albums, the double album "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus" is his most accessible one.

The ... read more
Humbug
80
Nick Cave, from my time being into his work, gives me an impression that he is someone very *very* close to perfection but never achieves it. There are always tracks which drag down his records, even if the good content is absolutely astounding.

For example - The Good Son is beautifully consistent although some of the final tracks (not Lucy!) aren't as great compared to, well, The Ship Song or essentially what came first. He front loads albums like hell, and there are only a few times when it ... read more
Bjartolini
86
Abattoir Blues is a 94, The Lyre of Orpheus is a 79, so we'll meet in the middle i guess.
GabrielDiablo
92
Excellent
GABRIELinHELL
80
Very good
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