My 50 Favorite Albums of 2008: #11

Number 11

Legendary, unique, distinct: these are just the first three in a cauldron full of adjectives that come to mind when thinking about singer/songwriter Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds. At this point in their extensive career, there is absolutely nothing left to prove except that truly outstanding artists only get better and wiser with age, and with Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, the Australian group has done that and more. One wouldn’t be insane to argue that Cave has bested all of his previous material here, with a fiery collection of tunes that find them a the height of their trademark chaos, both lyrically and musically. Cave had reportedly been wanting to write songs based around the story of Lazarus, which he had been frightened by since childhood; and here he trumps all expectations of what direction they might take, and immediately, with opener “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!”. All of the members, now at their fourteenth studio full-length, are into their 50’s in age, but they sound like they’ve taken a step back into youth with the energy exuded into every single second of this record. Moods and tales taken stifling twists and turns throughout the course of this awe-inspiring album, from the rocking “Today’s Lesson”, to the eerie qualities of “Night of the Lotus Eaters”, and so on and so forth. High points include the demanding “Lie Down Here(& Be My Girl)”, and the epic, dominate closer “More News From Nowhere”, which has elements of The Odyssey oozing through every nook and cranny of its construction, told with trademarked Cave-ism. For a band that should be no-doubters for first ballot hall-of-fame inductees, they have made another loud statement with this one, which is arguably their finest achievement yet.

1.Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
2.Today’s Lesson
4.Night of the Lotus Eaters
5.Albert Goes West
6.We Call Upon The Author
7.Hold On To Yourself
8.Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)
9.Jesus of the Moon
10.Midnight Man
11.More News From Nowhere


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