NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Push the Sky Away
FANS could be forgiven for thinking Nick Cave only writes two kinds of songs. Love songs or death songs; swampy rock songs or gothic ballads. Push the Sky Away is a thoroughly modern beast. While it ventures down some well- worn paths – grubby imagery of devils, religion, sex and sin – it also contains modern- day references such as Wikipedia, Higgs Boson and ( gasp!) Hannah Montana. This is not an album Cave could or would have written 20 years ago and yet the band’s 15th outing is a strong, centred, confident offering – and any time a musician puts their naked wife on an album cover, it’s a declaration of intimacy. Tense, ghoulish, bluesy and mysterious, Cave is the kind of talent who can turn a song inspired by God’s particle into a tale about spiritual collapse. He is mesmerising. This is no hardrocking Grinderman record. While the departure of founding member and guitarist Mick Harvey is certainly felt in every note, Push the Sky Away is on a par with the act’s better quiet albums such as The Boatman’s Call.