The Boatman's Call

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1997 Ratings: #7 / 73
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
1997 Ratings: #23
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.

WhatTheFunk
77
BAND BINGE: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, PART. 1

Nick Cave is one of my favorite artists of all time so that's why I decided that every Monday I will write a short review of one of his albums.

We start with his most famous one, "The Boatman's Call"

I might as well say it right away, I loved this album. I have nothing against musical restraint if it allows poetry to be heard. What Nick Cave certainly offers us in this intimate album. His love life is revealed like rose petals ... read more
TreyLikesBands
87
Great

Don’t have much to say about this one. It’s very relaxing and beautiful throughout, rarely dragging this mood down a lot.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?, People Ain’t No Good, There is a Kingdom, (Are You) the One That I’ve Been Waiting For, West Country Girl, Into My Arms, Lime Tree Arbour, Idiot Prayer
LEAST FAV: Black Hair, Green Eyes
MasterCrackfox
83
Just like everything from the last few releases by The Bad Seeds, they continue to show how much they have been able to take a sound that is consistent and refine it even further. This album feels much like some of their previous work, but just on an even grander and intense scale.

This album is raw, personal, and emotional throughout and the tone of the album matches its content well. Nick Cave has an intimacy to his voice on this that drives that tone home, and everything really seems to ... read more
Plats
90
"The Boatman's Call" takes a Leonard Cohen-esque piano rock approach compared to "Let Love In" and "Murder Ballads", but it never sacrifices Nick Cave's signature poetic lyricism. The minimal approach is beautiful and the stories he tells are pretty depressing. Still, though, this is kinda what we know him for.

Fav Tracks: Into My Arms, People Ain't No Good, (Are You) the One That I've Been Waiting For?, There is a Kingdom, Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?, ... read more
Praesent
94
This is my crying album.
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Year End 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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