Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
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  • Summary: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' 13th album actually spans two separate discs, each produced by Nick Launay. And speaking of the Bad Seeds, longtime member Blixa Bargeld has been replaced by James Johnston (Gallon Drunk).
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    The scope and breadth is startling. [Oct 2004, p.94]
  2. As a word of warning, though, this brilliant, but lengthy double album may not be the best beginner's guide to Nick Cave. However, for anyone who is a fan of the duration of his career, this album rewards the listener with a bit of the best of everything he has to offer.
  3. This is murderously good stuff. [25 Sep 2004, p.64]
  4. Unsurprisingly, Cave's overriding thematic goal of reconciling morality with desire on Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus falls short of its mark. But with such a complex and difficult target, that's to be expected.
  5. In truth, a couple tracks could have been cut to turn this into an epic single-disc release of huge proportions, but it's still the best work that Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have done since Murder Ballads.
  6. Cave's songwriting chops and incisive lyrics have, if anything, grown stronger.
  7. In many ways this is his finest outing since The Boatman's Call. [#247, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    Following a two-album string of letdown records, Cave waters his Bad Seeds and here they are in full bloom. Impressive, back-to-basics and no less zealous than his former work, Cave delivers something uniquely beautiful that only he can deliver in its purest form. Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2013
    8
    Overall an amazing album, although it does veer into dangerously adult-contemporary territory on the second disc. I did find myself bored at times, although the aggressive goth songs and Cave's amazing songwriting kept me hanging on. Expand

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