New Favorite Thing: Vol. 2, No. 1
The artist: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The sound: A slightly demented Australian poet with a heavy Biblical fixation is backed by a half-dozen brilliant musicians who can serve up everything from dark, moody piano ballads to chaotic rock rave-ups.
The song: "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!" is the title track from the Bad Seeds' upcoming album, their 14th since 1984. It's funkier just about everything in the band's deep catalogue. There's a bouncy organ groove and the chant-along backing vocals add to the rhythmic delights. You can dance to it. Almost. But the focus, as always, remains on Cave's vocals and lyrics. He's completely in his element here, spitting out lines that are sometimes sinister, sometimes sarcastic, with a delivery that's always intense. ("But Larry grew increasingly neurotic and obscene / I mean, he never asked to be raised up from the tomb / I mean, no one ever actually asked him to forsake his dreams.") It would be shocking if this album wasn't one of the best of 2008. And we can only pray there will be an American tour.
The video: Watch it here
By David Malitz |
January 11, 2008; 8:37 AM ET
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