Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away

Album Review

Album title
Push The Sky Away
Artist
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Label
Bad Seed Ltd.
Release date
18 Feb

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away

5/5 stars
Album review by Darren Carle.
Published 30 January 2013

Throughout his thirty year career with the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave has nary put a cloven hoof wrong and fifteenth album Push the Sky Away shows no sign of bucking that trend. The departure of founding guitarist Mick Harvey in 2009 is perhaps most keenly felt in the decisive move from the scuzzy garage rock of Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! into more sombre, lilting territories, closer to ’97's The Boatman’s Call or 2003 offering Nocturama.

Yet whilst the delineations of Cave’s output may come with jagged lines as angular as the man’s physique, it’d be judicious to bookmark Push the Sky Away as New Testament psalms. Lyrically it embraces modernity with the likes of Higgs Boson Blues, a listless Cave imploring ‘hear me preaching in a language that’s completely new.’ But perhaps this work is better summed up in a more classic manner on the elegiac title track. ‘Some people say it’s just rock ‘n’ roll, ah but it gets you right down to your soul.’ Amen. [Darren Carle]

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  • Sounds uncannily like a lyric penned by The Proclaimers:

    I love Rock and Roll
    it took my hand and it touched my soul
    You do that as well
    You know you know you know yourself
    But you beat notes and rhymes
    Any day any time

    And if your first reaction to that is that it is a bad thing, then that is a shame.

    Posted by Twins? | Wednesday 30 January 2013 @ 12:39

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  • All the people responsible for the 'scuzzy' sound are still in the band. Mick had very little influence. That's why he left.

    Posted by Jamien | Saturday 09 February 2013 @ 07:26

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