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    • CommentAuthorAnonymous.
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th 2008
    Before we begin, I'd like to say I am well aware Mr. Ellis is of no connection to the similarly titled musician of the Bad Seeds fame. So, no need to tell me.

    I don't know if there are many Nick Cave fans about, I can't get enough of the man to be honest. But, for those not in 'the know', Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! is Nick Cave's new album with the Bad Seeds, inspired as Cave reported by the infamous Bible story:

    Ever since I can remember hearing the Lazarus story, when I was a kid, you know, back in church, I was disturbed and worried by it. Traumatized, actually. We are all, of course, in awe of the greatest of Christ's miracles - raising a man from the dead - but I couldn't help but wonder how Lazarus felt about it. As a child it gave me the creeps, to be honest. I've taken Lazarus and stuck him in New York City, in order to give the song, a hip, contemporary feel. I was also thinking about Harry Houdini who spent a lot of his life trying to debunk the spiritualists who were cashing in on the bereaved. He believed there was nothing going on beyond the grave. He was the second greatest escapologist, Harry was, Lazarus, of course, being the greatest. I wanted to create a kind of vehicle, a medium, for Houdini to speak to us if he so desires, you know, from beyond the grave.

    There's going to be a big tour, unfortunately going nowhere near me, or to America at all. The best chance I have is Birmingham, which is miles away, but I digress, the album's available for listening 'exclusively' for free on Myspace, or here, to be specific: http://uk.myfaceblah... and so feel free to give it a listen. If there are any fans about, or just curious gentlewomen and graceful men. I'm not sure about the musical focalpoints of White Chapel, nor do I care, I am sure most of you have awful tastes in music. Most people do, it's nothing to be ashamed of. To be completely honest, there are a couple of things I don't like about the album, (bloody "Sha-la-la" choruses, eurgh) as I've listened to it at this point, but there's a nice amount of classic cave for long-term fans.

    Enjoy, anyway.
  1.  (1208.2)
    As long as it isn't as bad as Nocturama I'll be happy when it arrives on my doormat.
  2.  (1208.3)
    I listened to most of it on MySpace last night, liked what I heard. It was certainly far better than Nocturama, but then I'm a total Cave mark too, have been since Tender Prey. Seems to be becoming increasingly mainstream here, Eastenders (for those who don't have to endure it, an English soap where drab and largely shapeless London people shout at each other and scowl a lot), featured two of its characters doing a karaoke duet of 'Where The Wild Roses Grow' last night. Although I don't care for that track a great deal, it was highly cringeworthy. I imagine my father, a great Cohen fan, would feel much the same if he saw 'Bird On A Wire' being butchered by the Teletubbies.
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2008
    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who didn't understand where Nocturama had come from. I got this vague idea that after the delightfully miserable wanking that was The Boatman's Call, and then No More Shall We Part (my personal favourite NC&TBS album), which was clearly another whole set of compositions dominated by Nick, the other Seeds had said "Right, it's our turn," and for some reason, hadn't hit the mark.

    I'm disappointed about the exclusive MySpace part, though. Try as I might, I just can't get on with that site, or its owner.
      CommentAuthorBexx B.S.
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2008
    I love it! - got it a coupla nights ago...
  3.  (1208.6)
    I got it yesterday. It's not bad, actually.
  4.  (1208.7)
    I think it's great, it's fun, less sombre than others.

    But nick cave has written some of the most beautiful love songs ever created, and there's a distinct lack of that on this album, which makes me a little sad. he once gave a lecture on love songs in vienna, it's an inspiring read for anyone interested in such things.
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2008
    There's an audio copy of it too, read with real verve. Available on Mute, I think, called "The Secret Life of the Love Song." There's also a track in which he talks about his Christian faith, really very interesting for anyone who, like me, *is* a Christian in a rather odd way...
  5.  (1208.9)
    Still waiting on Lazarus to be released from his shipping-box tomb on this of the water.

    Instead picked up Jim White's new one, "Transnormal Skiperoo" and Otis Taylor's "Below The Fold"
  6.  (1208.10)
    I work right in the middle of London, and I can't figure out where there's a flaming record shop that might sell it within walking distance. The one at Waterloo station has been turned into a shop that sells hairgrips and shit.

    Drat and botheration.
  7.  (1208.11)
    DaveNant wrote: There's an audio copy of it too, read with real verve. Available on Mute, I think, called "The Secret Life of the Love Song." There's also a track in which he talks about his Christian faith, really very interesting for anyone who, like me, *is* a Christian in a rather odd way...

    Preacher's kid and Once Was Clergy here, so I know what you mean. And I found Secret Life of the Love Song to be very moving and really sharp on the truth value of myth -- all stories are true, the people you meet in stories you really meet, and so on. At least, that's the way I thought he was approaching the Bible, with God as a character in a narrative, and a narrative that really gets inside your head, like any good story should.

    Also some good stuff about how songs have their own lives and manipulate their writers into giving birth to them.

    Oh, and I think Nocturama is a hoot (especially Babe I'm on Fire), and the last thing by Cave I really enjoyed. The Grinderman album is pretty iffy (even with baboons!), and the part of the tour I saw was utterly lifeless until they did old Seeds songs.

    Hope springs eternal, and I'm off to frigging myspace.
  8.  (1208.12)
    I've been listening to it for a few days now, and it's not bad. I'm still making my mind up about it. Though I actually enjoyed Nocturama for what it was, so take that for what you will. Nick Cave is my favorite musician of all time, so it's been a touch sad to see his material not hit me with the same force that it used to. No More Shall We Part was the first album of his that didn't floor me, and all of the subsequent albums have been a bit spottier for me than his old work. Though when he's really firing on all cylinders, as on "O Children" from The Lyre of Orpheus, he can still make some amazing music.

  9.  (1208.13)
    i'm a fan of nocturama, i enjoy it, but no more shall we part tugs at the heart strings in a way nothing else has done...

    the love song lecture's transcript can be found here by the way.
  10.  (1208.14)
    After one listen of Dig Lazarus Dig I am not sure about it. It could be a grower so I'll give it more of a chance.

    I think I can see some Grinderman seeping through into a Seeds album and I am not really sure how I feel about it.

    We shall see. I'm off to galavant around the south for a bit so I'll give it some iPod time on my many train journeys and see if we are going to be friends.

    I'd have to say my favourite Bad Seeds album is 'No More Shall We Part'. In fact it is probably one of my top ten favourite albums ever. I can tell already Dig Lazarus Dig won't be challenging this opinion.
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2008
    Yes, an album by anyone would have to be something awesomely spectacular to get anywhere close to No More Shall We Part in my book, too.
  11.  (1208.16)
    hmmm. I listened to the whole thing, and I like it. I'm a relatively new inductee to the NC & TBS fandom, so I can't make the same comparisons as the rest of youse, but I can say that I like Abbatoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus better. Though the best tracks (for me) are Dig, Lazarus, Dig, Jesus of the Moon, Midnight Man, and More News from Nowhere. I'm gonna pop this little sucker into my iPod and refine my opinions over this weekend.
  12.  (1208.17)
    Only got this 2 days ago so haven't had a proper listen yet, but doesn't seem up to standard of Abbatoir Blues. The title track is a MONSTER though. Awesome and ridiculously catchy. Been 7 hours since I heard it and I'm still humming it
  13.  (1208.18)
    I bought it yesterday, listened to it 2 or 3 times since then. Good album. Not as memorable as Tender Prey for example (but, hey, what is ?) but definitely good, just like Abattoir Blues was.

    I think that this album will end up being one of the Bad Seeds albums that I'll listen to quite often (unlike No More Shall We Part)...
  14.  (1208.19)
    Finally got it Friday night on the way to Cambridge for the weekend, so have had a chance to blast it out in the car at earsplitting volume. I really like it - I like how he's producing very different stuff now, rather than being some sad old git churning out identikit albums. This feels very playful - 'I've done maudlin, now I'm going to fucking well party'. There were shades of the pre-Birthday Party Boys Next Door in there somewhere which is nice. It doesn't bother me a great deal that some of this sounds a bit like Grinderman, all's good.
      CommentAuthorGreg SBB!
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2008
    Bought this and the Gutter Twins album yesterday. Enjoying them both quite a bit.