Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
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Based on 7 reviews
1996 Ratings: #15 / 60
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Based on 197 ratings
1996 Ratings: #9
February 5, 1996 / Release Date
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Inglume
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[DIAMONDS OF DECEMBER: #1 of 4]

Merry Christmas you filthy animal. Welcome to the haunted, fucked up world of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and the fantastic murder booth of Murder Ballads! Please select mode of death: {Quick and Painless} or {Slow and Horrible}.

We all know deep down why we're all here. Yes, I'm talking to you, fellow bloodthirsty reader and music dickhead. We are humans: absolute savages built to be killing machines. You want to kill me, don't you? After all, murder is ... read more
Plats
96
Murder: "What annoying, whiney, and probably unemployed vegetarians call eating meat or wearing fur." - Urban Dictionary

Okay, in all seriousness, the overarching concept of "Murder Ballads" is all about murder... pretty explicitly too. Even the song with Kylie Minogue, the singer behind "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (one of the catchiest earworms of the early 00's, is about death. It's also an hour long, but all of it's entertaining thanks to some vulgar and ... read more
WhatTheFunk
92
BAND BINGE: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, PART. 14

AS BIG AS A FUCKING REALLY BIG BRICK.

Touched by death. This is the first observation in the face of this perverse circus. Nick Cave has always been able to combine macabre humour and morbid fascination - but on "Murder Ballads" he completely detaches himself from any restraint imposed during totally non-consensual exercises. His previous albums had reconciled an audience destabilized by "The Good Son"; this one will go ... read more
MasterCrackfox
83
Here, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have their most fully realized project from my perspective due to the sheer creativity behind the songwriting. The thematic elements, living true to the murder ballad name, are strange and haunting and even sometimes silly, but they are consistently captivating. This is the type of music that is just haunting and strange enough that Nick Cave's voice matches the aesthetic just a little too perfeclty, similar to a Tom Waitts album. Such storytelling within the ... read more
TreyLikesBands
92
Amazing

“Murder Ballads” is sadistic and unrelenting. Every song is more or less about death, making for a bone-chilling, gothic-sounding, and disturbingly-eccentric experience. Nick Cave channels his inner Jim Morrison on this project, putting a forefront on strong songwriting and cohesive theme. There are actually many musical parallels between the two artists... hmmm.

Color: Red
FAV TRACKS: all except least fav!
LEAST FAV: Crow Jane
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Track List

  1. Song of Joy
  2. Stagger Lee
  3. Henry Lee (featuring PJ Harvey)
  4. Lovely Creature
  5. Where the Wild Roses Grow (featuring Kylie Minogue)
  6. The Curse of Millhaven
  7. The Kindness of Strangers
  8. Crow Jane
  9. O'Malley's Bar
  10. Death Is Not the End
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