Rioteers Review

RR03 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads

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The ninth album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds consisted of new and traditional murder ballads, songs that deal with crime or gruesome death. It seemed a very un-commercial move for an artist who had two years previous reached his commercial peak-to-date with 1994’s Let Love In and its accompanying singles Do You Love Me?, Loverman and Red Right Hand.

Despite its morbid nature (or maybe because of it) Murder Ballads attracted a number of guests including Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey and Kylie Minogue, a collaboration that probably remains the Nick Cave’s most famous collaboration to date. It even smashed his previous sales, achieving Gold certification (Let Love In attained silver) and set Cave up for what would debatably become the most celebrated (and best) part of his career.

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