Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
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Based on 7 reviews
1996 Ratings: #17 / 62
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1996 Ratings: #7
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February 5, 1996 / Release Date
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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

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 even further in the excessiveness ... read more
Well never mind, this is even better than Let Love In.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' follow up to that album is a large stylistic jump; one that's more accessible musically but one of their darkest thematically and lyrically. This is for one simple reason; the album's about death and murder. And we all know that those two things? Yeah... they ain't great. Basically every song on here is a tale about some sort of death or murder being carried out, and Nick's clear and incredible songwriting ... read more
This record is amazing. It offers everything I need - great melodies, amazing songwriting, an interesting concept, and most importantly, I don't have to look for lyrics on this one, as everything he says is very clear.
If you wanna make a slow record that is pleasant and fun to listen to, dig inspiration from this. It was one of my dad's favorites troughout his childhood, as well as adulthood and I understand why very clearly.
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
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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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Added on: February 15, 2013