three clas­sics from Cave

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The Boat­man’s Call (Mute, 1997)

Ef­fec­tively a solo record, here Cave’s emo­tional dra­mas – the demise of re­la­tion­ships with singer PJ Har­vey and wife Vi­viane Carneiro – form the spine of thought­ful pi­ano-based songs. The Bad Seeds are there, but quiet and mainly in spirit.

Let Love In (Mute, 1994)

Not a band favourite, still it con­tains some of Cave’s most ac­ces­si­ble mu­sic – ten­der and hard-rock­ing. Amus­ingly, in Lay Me Low, he imag­ines his own death: “They’ll in­ter­view my teach­ers/There’ll be in­for­ma­tive six page fea­tures/When I go …”

Skele­ton Tree (Mute, 2016)

An al­bum prompted by the death of his teenage son Arthur, the most re­cent Nick Cave al­bum is at times un­bear­able to lis­ten to. Nonethe­less, from this dark time, Cave and the band con­trive to make a work that is raw but never op­pres­sive.

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