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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58

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  1. JesseS
    Nov 2, 2004
    6
    I don't understand why this is getting rave reviews. I wish I did. I find it merely good, enjoyable. But not great. Based on the above rave reviews, I ran out and bought it, quite excited. I hope my opinion doesn't change....maybe I haven't been spiritually awakened to the music. But in general, I don't understand music critics' opinions. I never will. I guess I I don't understand why this is getting rave reviews. I wish I did. I find it merely good, enjoyable. But not great. Based on the above rave reviews, I ran out and bought it, quite excited. I hope my opinion doesn't change....maybe I haven't been spiritually awakened to the music. But in general, I don't understand music critics' opinions. I never will. I guess I have bad taste. Expand
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88

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Aside from the power of the music and lyrics, the set draws on Cave’s compelling persona: part priest, part sideshow barker--crooning one moment and eviscerating the next. While this has always been the core of his talent, on Abattoir/Lyre it is particularly rich and rewarding.
  2. Filter
    82
    This is not Cave's best work by any means, but these songs do showcase his impressive range as a lyricist, performer and musician. [#12, p.100]
  3. Blender
    80
    The kind of boiling, roiling blues the Bad Seeds haven't cooked up in years. [Nov 2004, p.131]