The Boatman's Call

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1997 Ratings: #7 / 69
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Based on 123 ratings
1997 Ratings: #20
March 3, 1997 / Release Date
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Mute/Reprise / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

93
Pitchfork

Even though The Boatman's Call is Cave's most confessional, open-hearted album, its sense of sorrow and catharsis transcends a strictly personal interpretation. It speak volumes about the album's universality that its songs have soundtracked everything from Michael Hutchence's funeral to Shrek 2.

80
NME

It's a stark look at all that he's been through, recounted with withering bleakness and arid humour.

DachetG
95
In the interest of fairness, Nick Cave has been my favorite music artist for almost two decades, so my score may reflect some bias. This album is a transition piece from the violent, character-driven works to a more intimate experience. These songs cover Nick Cave’s break-up from his wife (Viviane Carneiro), his girlfriend (P.J. Harvey), and drugs (heroin). If some of the second-half tracks were a little stronger, I would have given this album a perfect score. I have written out what I ... read more
Praesent
94
This is my crying album.
97
Into My Arms Oh Lord Into My arms

Best: Into My Arms, Lime Tree Arbour, Far From Me, Green Eyes
Worst: There Is a Kingdom
ricardomcr
95
My favorite Cave album. To me this is nearly untouchable, Nick is at his lyrical peak, and that is saying a lot. The whole record is a dagger to the heart, so sincere and sorrowful...I believe it may be his most intimate (soundwise), personal and introspective album until Skeleton Tree.

GO LISTEN TO: People Ain't no Good.
Sappy
90
Top Favorite: Into My Arms
Other Favorites: Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?, There Is A Kingdom, People Ain't No Good
Least Favorite: West Country Girl
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#23/Consequence of Sound

Track List

 

  1. Into My Arms
  2. Lime Tree Arbour
  3. People Ain't No Good
  4. Brompton Oratory
  5. There Is a Kingdom
  6. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?
  7. Where Do We Go Now but Nowhere?
  8. West Country Girl
  9. Black Hair
  10. Idiot Prayer
  11. Far from Me
  12. Green Eyes

 

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