Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

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Push The Sky Away is the fifteenth studio album by Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, released in February 2013 via Bad Seed Ltd.

As frontman of The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, and through incarnations as actor, screenwriter and author, Nick Cave has spent the last 30 years carving a reputation as rock’s great polymath. His great vocal screeds, steeped in literature and religion, make hell on Earth sound as exhilarating as an acid trip at the funfair, with some beautifully desolate ballads about love, loss and heartbreak chucked in as a bonus.

What’s remarkable is that, after 30 years, a new wind blows through Push The Sky Away. Like the impatient sea air of Cave’s Brighton home, there’s a sense of change that gusts through the album, as it ventures into natural catastrophe (“We No Who U R”), scientific discovery (“Higgs Boson Blues”) and ravaging tides (Water’s Edge).

It’s their first album since multi-instrumentalist and Cave’s longest collaborator Mick Harvey left. That, perhaps, is why violinist Warren Ellis takes an even more pivotal role. So it’s no surprise its follow-up is starker, steeped in cinematic strings (“Jubilee Street”) and lush harmonies (“We No Who U R”).

Wide Lovely Eyes” is as heart-swelling as any of Cave’s greatest love songs, but like much on the album there’s a sense of agitation to its terse guitar throbs and space-age warbles. Factory clangs add a suspenseful feel to “We No Who U R” as Cave sings post-apocalyptically of charred trees stood like “pleading hands”. He hasn’t, it’s clear, lost touch with the mythical (“I believe in God, I believe in mermaids too”), nor the religious (girls stand with “legs wide to the world like bibles open”). But there’s a sense that the characters on “Push The Sky Away” are closer in time and space: take the boys on Brighton beach, trying to get the attention of city girls with “white strings floating from their ears” in “Water’s Edge”, and the lyrical cameo from Disney’s Hannah Montana in the darkly comic “Higgs Boson Blues”.

What Cave and co have managed here is no mean feat: a masterpiece that merges the experimentation and freedom of their side projects with Cave’s most tender songcraft. “Some people say it’s just rock’n’roll”, he concludes, with a sentimentality that’s almost syrupy, on “Push The Sky Away”, “but it gets you right down to your soul”. What more can you say. (Edit from NME 15/2/13)

Check out the tracks: “We No Who U R”; “Jubilee Street” and “Mermaids”.

This LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with printed inner sleeve and album digital download is pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

We No Who U R

4:04

A2

Wide Lovely Eyes

3:40

A3

Water’s Edge

3:49

A4

Jubilee Street

6:35

A5

Mermaids

3:49

B1

We Real Cool

4:18

B2

Finishing Jubilee Street

4:28

B3

Higgs Boson Blues

7:50

B4

Push The Sky Away

4:07

SKU 5055667601768
Record Label Bad Seeds Ltd
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number BS001V
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 July 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 18 February 2013
Barcode # 5055667601768
Shipping Weight 0.3150kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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