Live from KCRW - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 28, 2014
    80
    Its riveting, yarn-spinning intimacy enhanced by the singer's dry patter. [Feb 2014, p.113]
  2. 80
    Thunder, bottled. [Feb 2014, p.95]
  3. Dec 30, 2013
    80
    While the appearance of "Jack the Ripper" is a rip-roaring atomic bomb amidst these supple paeans, it's a record that showcases a band comfortable at the peak of its powers.
  4. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    The stage is small, the set short, but as ever, The Bad Seeds contain multitudes. [Jan 2014, p.96]
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    80
    More than standing as a document of a particular time and place, it makes not having been there feel like a real loss. [Jan 2014, p.68]
  6. Dec 3, 2013
    80
    The set list here, drawing a bit from 2013's Push the Sky Away and then from throughout their catalogue, features longer songs, each drawn out patiently, and rewards fans before trying to impress novices.
  7. Dec 3, 2013
    80
    Live At KCRW is a fine declaration of where The Bad Seeds are in the here and now. It would be a fool who would second-guess as to where they're headed to next but at this moment in time they sound as comfortable in their music as they do the fine suits they wear.
  8. 80
    Those who like their Bad Seeds really bad may be disappointed with the tracklisting, but what stands true with this release is that Cave can be at his most powerful when at his most soulful.
  9. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    There are songs here reinterpreted slightly to fit the format, then those that need full reinvention and finally, least interestingly, those that it seems are included only because they are written and usually performed in line with the bare-bones remit.
  10. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    It means Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds end the year as they began it: demonstrating they are a band in very fine health.
  11. Dec 2, 2013
    78
    Live From KCRW is distinguished not just by its loose, casual vibe--with Cave good-naturedly honoring audience requests, provided they’re “on this very short list”--but by its welcome variations from the standard Bad Seeds script with a healthy selection of deep cuts that don't get aired out that often.
  12. Dec 11, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, Live from KCRW feels like an addendum to the larger work of Push the Sky Away, but the musical and emotional force of this music is more than strong enough to merit its release; this is a striking reminder of the excellence of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds as a live act, and Cave's maturation into one of the most extraordinary songwriters of his day.
  13. Dec 20, 2013
    60
    Live From KCRW suffers from the stilted atmosphere that plagues most live radio sessions, with the audience, Cave and his Bad Seeds all on their best behavior. [Jan 2014, p.59]
  14. Dec 16, 2013
    60
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release a live album recorded for the radio station in an intimate venue. It must have been something for the lucky few present, but this document doesn’t quite do the job.
  15. 60
    It's a classy, dialled-down performance in an American radio studio around the time of this year's Coachella festival.

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