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    • CommentAuthordkitsch
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
    Whats your favorite nick cave album? I would have to say murder ballads is mine, due to the fact it was the first one i was exposed to.
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    I am a big fan of Nick Cave, Murder Ballads was the last record that I loved immediately. But I still have to say that Your Funeral My Trial is my favorite.

    But, Tender Prey and Let Love In fall in pretty close behind.
    • CommentAuthorlucien
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
    let love in.
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    For me it's gotta be Tender Prey, although The Firstborn is Dead and Nocturama are a close joint second. Not really overly fond of the ballad-y ones in the 90s.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
    abattoir blues
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    Tender Prey, followed by No More Shall We Part. Am very fond of Dig Lazarus Dig too though... and most of the rest.
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    @ J0nCarp3nter

    I'm also really fond of Dig, Lazarus Dig!!! too, although pretty much everyone I know seems to have thought it was tripe. I must admit that the breaks in "We Call Upon the Author" didn't make much sense 'til I saw it live.
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    Shit, man. As a self-proclaimed fan boy, that's a difficult question. I'd probably say From Her to Eternity (It's also my wife's favorite, if you're curious), as there's not a song on it that I even remotely dislike. Of course, I have to go with the general consensus and say Mercy Seat is his best song, if not The Best Song Ever.

    I'm also a huge fan of the first few songs on Tender Prey and like the rest of the album ok in general, love Henry's Dream, both Grinderman albums, and regularly listen to all the others I have as well, which is about 3/4 of them.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011 edited
    Album: Let Love In (although I do love Henry's Dream and Murder Ballads as well)
    Song: Up Jumped the Devil (which is on Tender Prey)
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    Difficult question... Older albums are often associated with old memories, this makes things harder to evaluate.

    I think for me it'll depend on my mood. Could be Tender Prey if I'm feeling nostalgic, or Dig Lazarus Dig if I'm more in the present :).
    If I had to pick just one It'd be certainly be Dig Lazarus Dig. Which kind of surprises me when I think about it.

    I haven't listened to Henry's Dream and Let Love In in a long time though. My choice could be different then, I have really good memories of these two.
    And my least favourite album is certainly No More Shall We Part. Not really bad, just annoying (and I love The Good Son, though).

    As for favourite song, certainly The Mercy Seat. The Weeping Song would be a close second though...
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
    Let Love In is classic. Love Dig, Lazarus, Dig!! Lately I've been really enjoying both Grinderman records.
    • CommentAuthorAndy-E
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011
    Loved Abottoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheous and at the moment I have Midnight man stuck in my brain.

    I am amazed that the man can write the most intensly insane book I have ever read : And the Ass met the Angel, and yet also make one of the fantastical love songs known to man: Into my ams.
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    Your Funeral My Trial /Henry's Dream are my joint longterm favourites , although recently I've been listening to this a lot after finaly getting round to watching the film.

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    It's really nice to see people saying Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! I don't know a huge amount of Mr. Cave's work, but I've listen to a fair few albums and Lazarus is the first one I've really developed any attachment to. So that's the one for me.
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011
    As strange as it is, considering his expansive and terrific body of work, the one I find the most listenable the most often is Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! There's something so dark and smoky and slinky about that album.
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    Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011
    The Boatman's Call if I'm going for "best album." Murder Ballads if I'm going for "album I like the most." The first pushes all the right buttons (except for a couple songs which are a bit wanky to me) and the second just makes me giggle uncontrollably.
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    I'll put in a vote for Henry's Dream as a damn good album, and other than Mercy Seat & Ship Song, the one Cave track reliably able to utterly unglue me is Loom of the Land.
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011
    i think birthday party's 'prayers on fire' first and then murder ballads
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2011
    I love how much love Henry's Dream is getting despite it being Nick's least favorite album. (Sure shows him, eh?) As soon as I heard "Papa Won't Leave You Henry" (which started out as a lullaby to his kid), I knew the man was mistaken.

    It's my understanding, from reading the liner notes, that he basically feels it was overproduced - he was going for something more raw and visceral - a sound he'd heard from street musicians in Rio. Mute wanted him to use an actual producer after the success of "The Good Son", so he brought one in, and things didn't go quite as planned, and he was disappointed in the final result.

    Anyway, in my professional opinion as a guy who works at a hotel, Nick Cave is the defining musician of the last 30 years - his work has swung back and forth through different stylistic extremes (look at some of the more subdued stuff vs anything off a Birthday Party album), and yet it never ceases to be Nick Cave's music. I mean, when O Children comes on in Harry Potter, you don't stop and think " this...?" It's immediately recognizable - there's something unique about his music. Or maybe I'm just full of crap. I have no idea.