Live from KCRW


Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    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.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    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.
  3. Uncut
    Dec 6, 2013
    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]
  4. Q Magazine
    Jan 28, 2014
    Its riveting, yarn-spinning intimacy enhanced by the singer's dry patter. [Feb 2014, p.113]
  5. Mojo
    Dec 18, 2013
    The stage is small, the set short, but as ever, The Bad Seeds contain multitudes. [Jan 2014, p.96]
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    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.
  7. Dec 30, 2013
    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.
  8. Dec 2, 2013
    It means Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds end the year as they began it: demonstrating they are a band in very fine health.
  9. Dec 3, 2013
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. Dec 3, 2013
    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.
  12. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jan 2, 2014
    Thunder, bottled. [Feb 2014, p.95]

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