Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Apr 8, 2008
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 79
  2. Negative: 2 out of 79

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  1. DavidS
    Oct 3, 2008
    5
    I have to agree with Chris M -- overall this just isn't a very exciting album. And I like Cave, and think he's put out some very good albums, but the songs on this record do not come close to his best. I'm not sure why his fans are so rabid; it seems that in their loyalty, they are proclaiming this album to be great, when in fact it seems they are simply rationalizing I have to agree with Chris M -- overall this just isn't a very exciting album. And I like Cave, and think he's put out some very good albums, but the songs on this record do not come close to his best. I'm not sure why his fans are so rabid; it seems that in their loyalty, they are proclaiming this album to be great, when in fact it seems they are simply rationalizing mediocrity. Listen to "The Good Son" or "Tender Prey", then tell me if this current album is anywhere near the quality of those releases! Expand
  2. ChrisM
    Jul 9, 2008
    5
    This a very bland album - I think critics and fans are so enamoured with Cave that he can't do no wrong. While this isn't wrong, it certainly isn't Abbatoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus, No More Shall We Part or Let Love In. Like Nocturama, DLD lacks passion and a sense of urgency that CAve has something he wants to tell us.
  3. OliverC.
    Apr 22, 2008
    4
    I like the title track, everything else sounds aged and boring like all of Nick Cave's stuff.
  4. Turenne01
    Apr 10, 2008
    6
    A mediocre album with the odd highlight. Ignore the hype.
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Even if Prince, Madonna, Paul Weller, Shane MacGowan, Ice-T and Michael Jackson got together to form a freakish supergroup, they’d struggle to make an album containing as much vitality, humour and invention as Cave and his wizened cronies have.
  2. It’s not surprising, then, that a number of the tunes on Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! sound familiar. Besides the ones that sound like rewrites of Iggy Pop and Leonard Cohen rewrites, Cave and crew aren’t above recycling their own work--'More News From Nowhere' is just a riff on 'Deanna.'
  3. Musically, the album is a triumph from first to last.