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Huge Bad Seeds fan. Love the album. Rating is for fact that downloadable songs are only lossy 320kbps mp3 quality. I understand vinyl is more expensive but when it costs more than double the price of a CD I dont believe it's unreasonable to expect flac or wav quality files to accomany the Vinyl version as a download code.
It's not the first time I have bought a record without listening to it first because the cover was so interesting to look at. I don't suppose it will be the last either. I'm not sure what is trying to be achieved here if anything. If it's about poetry then it isn't. If there is meaning to the words then I don't get it. They don't paint pictures or a story in my head. What might pass as music is really just sounds. The music is rather like what may be a long intro of a song with much better to come, but the better to come never happens. The record might well be useful for sending me to sleep, but falling asleep listening to vinyl on a manual turntable is not a good idea. However a 128kbps mp3 would serve without any audible difference I would guess, based on the lack of musical content.
Me being a person who likes listening to catchy numbers and popular cheese I might be too unsophisticated to appreciate this. Sometimes a record grows on me over time when I listen more carefully but in this case I don't think that will happen because there isn't really anymore on the record to discover from listening more carefully although I have played several times now in case there is something I am missing. The second record is very short with loads of run off. Sometimes less is more because the second record is marginally more interesting but only by a very small margin.
The pressing quality on the other hand is top notch. The grooves are actually in the right place and surface noise is almost non existant. No clicks or pops. So many new records are crackly straight out of the sleeve but not this one. So great job done by the pressing plant. Sonically what content there is, is well recorded. Vocals are clear and free of sibilance. Modulation output is high but didn't give my turntable and stylus any problems at all - clear and clean sounding right to the end of the side. However, this is no audiophile dream. Anyone hoping this recording will put their expensive hifi system through its paces and reveal how fabulous the equipment is is going to be disappointed. There simply isn't enough content within the grooves.
There is a hell of a lot of pricey merchandise available to compliment this release - T-Shirts, Hoody's, Bags, Mugs, etc. So as a marketing exercise every effort has been made. And it may well be that is what it's all about. Just a very good marketing excercise. All window dressing and no substance. After all the clever marketing worked on me. I don't send records back. I add to my collection and archive, because for me a record collection is more than just the music.
I'm not saying to people don't buy. I'm saying this record doesn't impress me. The video of the record is on You Tube and I will recommend listening to that first. I did read a positive review in The Guardian, but I'm very Daily Mail so that probably says it all.
Beautiful album. Haunting. Well disc one of the vinyl edition is anyway.
I can't tell you about disc 2 because the album contained two disc 1's. I had a problem with an appalling pressing on his last vinyl album 'Skeleton Tree' as well - that also had to be sent back.
If Nick put as much effort into his manufacturing and distribution contracts as he did with his music the world would be a much much better place. Instead, once again incompetent amateur slimeballs have let him down.
As It is, I am fearful if ordering another one from Amazon in case the same thing happens. This is a rare occasion when HMV becomes useful. I will be heading there tomorrow and can be satisfied with what I have got before I leave the expensive shop.
Sorry I could not talk more about the music but I am in a darker place than I was expecting to be even listening to Nick Cave.
Suprised by all the rave reviews for this album. I found it a bit short on tunes. It’s very sparse which in itself is no bad thing but sparse to the point of a bit dull which is a bad thing. Certainly one of Nicks weaker albums.
Pour la 1ère fois, je suis bien incapable de noter un album, j'ai donc mis une note intermédiaire mais qui ne ne signifie rien. J'aime beaucoup Nick Cave, sa voix grave, ses qualités d'auteur et dans ce double album, il rend hommage à son fils décédé à 15 ans en 2015. Le propos en est évidemment bouleversant: comment faire face au deuil et à l'absence tout en continuant à vivre? Malheureusement, je ne suis absolument pas entré dans cet album à la forme déstabilisante et assez radicale, très épurée. On est à mille km de considérations commerciales et même du rock. C'est une sorte d'oeuvre liturgique, un album impossible à écouter sans être au calme et à n'importe quel moment de la journée. On le dirait presque enregistrer dans une église, ce que des choeurs angéliques semblent renforcer. Les Bad Seeds sont là mais leur présence est très discrète (très peu de guitare, batterie ou basse, les mélodies sont plus que secondaires). C'est une musique beaucoup plus électro que d'habitude avec des textes où les allusions à la Bible sont nombreuses (comme souvent chez Cave). Bref, une oeuvre hors norme, inclassable, même dans sa discographie que je réécouterai mais pas tout de suite. Après tout, certains albums ne sont peut-être pas faits pour être notés...
BUON DISCO E TUTTA LA MIA STIMA PER L’ARTISTA, ANZI NON STAREI QUI A PARLARNE MALE VISTO CHE A MONTE HO ACQUISTATO SPENDENDO SOLDI! IL PROBLEMA E’ LA CONFEZIONE, VISTO LO SFORZO ECONOMICO (E DI QUESTI TEMPI NON E’ SCONTATO) SI RICHIEDE UNA CONFEZIONE ALL'ALTEZZA, INTANTO PER QUESTIONI PRATICHE: UNA BUSTINA STRIMINZITA DI CARTONE IN CUI A MALAPENA SI RIESCE A SFILARE/INFILARE IL DISCO NON E' GARANZIA DI DURATA E DI SALVAGUARDIA, E A FARNE LE SPESE A LUNGO ANDARE E’ IL CD CHE DEVE SUBIRE CONTINUI SFREGAMENTI! POI CHI ACQUISTA ED A' APPASSIONATO, CONSIDERA L'"ARTICOLO" UN BENE PREZIOSO, SI PRETENDE QUALCOSA DI MIGLIORE, DI PRATICO ED EFFICACIE. SICURO, DIREI ANZI, CHE SE NE HA IL DIRITTO. PER QUESTO HO DATO SOLO DUE STELLE, MA IN FUTURO MI ASTERRO' DAL COMPRARE.
Die Entwicklung, gerade nach dem Tod seines Sohnes, macht mir etwas Sorgen. Ich liebe den düsteren Unterton von Nick. Hier jedoch ist die Entwicklung am Endpunkt angekommen. Minimalstinstrumentierung, kein Schlagzeug und die Bad Seats sind geradezu arbeitslos.