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Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave, Bad Seeds
Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
 
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This culling of the "best" cuts from the Bad Seeds' songbook avoids the pratfalls of many best-of compilations. First off, the songs aren't arranged chronologically, but instead for effect, raveling new with old, weepy bal...  more »

      
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All Artists: Nick Cave, Bad Seeds
Title: Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Reprise / Wea
Original Release Date: 5/26/1998
Release Date: 5/26/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk, Australia & New Zealand, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624696025

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This culling of the "best" cuts from the Bad Seeds' songbook avoids the pratfalls of many best-of compilations. First off, the songs aren't arranged chronologically, but instead for effect, raveling new with old, weepy ballads with adrenaline-pumped rockers. In addition, there aren't any rare live tracks, alternative takes, remixes, acoustic versions, or B-sides that clutter other compilations. What you get is pure Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in all their gloomy glory. Things get off with a bang with the rollicking "Deanna" and the carnivalesque "Red Right Hand" that display Nick Cave's literary and narrative talent. After the wacked preacherman blues stomp of the excellent track "Tupelo," the disc slides into a series of ballads that highlight his baritone croon. "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" captures Cave in a, gasp, sentimental and lovely mood. The disc closes out with "From Here to Eternity," and the band hits the steamroller tempo with apocalyptic might. The Best Of... is a wonderful introduction to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, but even weathered purists will enjoy the juxtaposed presentation of these songs. --Tod Nelson

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Best of cds are deadends for me
D. Helm | CA | 02/20/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I'm always very reluctant to introduce myself to artists through best of cds. It's a survey and I know that if I'm buying a survey that's probably because I'm not interested enough in the artist to get full albums. Nothing wrong with that but I like to be damn sure before I walk down that road that I'm not missing out on something better when I do it.

Nick Cave is a case where I'm glad I didn't go the best of route. He's had such a long career with definate shifts in style that a single disc can't even really give you a proper introduction to all that Nick does. Which is of course what this cd tries to do. It's all over the place. If you're interested in getting into Nick I would recommend just get an album. I know there's an intimidating number of them and honestly alot of them are the sort that don't hit you right away. So if you're still interested I'd recommend starting with Henry's Dream or Murder Ballads if you'd like the more rocking Nick Cave. The Boatman's Call (or as I like to call it "Nick Cave in Love") is the softer more lyrical alternative if you, you know, like your violent references less obvious.

Highlights from:

Henry's Dream
--Papa Won't Leave You Henry
--I Had a Dream Joe
--When I First Came To Town

Murder Ballads
--Stagger Lee
--O'Malley's Bar
--Where the Wild Roses Grow

The Boatman's Call
--Idiot Prayer
--West Country Girl
--People Ain't No Good


So, in summary if you want a survey cool. This isn't a bad one, but if you (like me) know buying a best of means you'll never buy another disc by the band, and think that might not be a good thing, go ahead and check out an album. You won't regret it (unless you do)."