Feb 25, 2013

foetus on a leash (2013)


This one's a freAK! It might be Cave's most honest album, and at the same time it's his most self-deprecating. And that's honesty, that's life, etc. No southern preacher heroin poet character heralding the apocalypse this time around, Push the Sky Away's Cave knows what Hannah Montana is, he eats, shits, uses text speak, and wikipedias stuff when he's bored and alone. Push the Sky Away's character plays concurrently with the modern and trivial along with the mythical, lyrical, tragic. Articulate lapses into the inarticulate defy expectations of Cave's previous incarnations- the junkie genius, the faultless encyclopedic songwriter, the preacher, the vampire, the sex-crazed dirty-old-man- surely offering a reminder of their construction as, well, constructions. The narratives are still there, but diminished. What's left for fans is an emergent honesty, an identity aware of its age, obsessions, flaws, and desires, the same one which attempts to mislead us through the act of placing a song called Finishing Jubilee Street three tracks after one called Jubilee Street. The one that made the damn record, not the one in the song. And that's bold. Awkward, but bold.

Musically Mick Harvey's absence is noticed, but The Bad Seeds have mastered making simplicity and repetition hypnotic in his absence. I'm unsure where it'll go next, but for now everything feels right, bare and desolate as it all is.

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8 comments:

  1. Solid review. I'm eager to hear it, disparate as it might be from his older music. I suppose I'm not particular to any of his musical personages specifically, so I should enjoy this plenty without thinking "Where's that fabled anti-hero gone?"

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    1. yeah man it's real slow and minimal hope you like it

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  2. Agreed. I'm loving this record a lot. 'Jubilee Street' is as good a song as he's ever written, and some of his lyrics are, quite frankly, hilarious (in particular the 'Hanna Montana' segment!) But the mood is, well yeah, desolate as you say. But strangely warm too, in a funny kind of way.

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  3. you're the best thanks mate!

    edo
    aka know your conjurer

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    1. you're welcome! good to see you bro

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  4. I dig this record. Wasn't sure when I first heard it, for nothing jumped out at me. It's definitely a creeper. Although that Hannh Montana thing made me cringe,haha

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