three classics from Cave
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.