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Keen to get into them as I think it'd be up my street. So, where to start?
In other news...
Yes you can go on your own.
Just talk to her, idiot.
despite what all these idiots say.
let love in
but can't go wrong with Dig Lazarus Dig in the afternoon
The Boatman's Call in the night
of his older stuff check out Your Funeral My Trial.
Most of his albums are great but that's a kind of transitional album which shows the different sides to his music, plus it's got Red Right Hand and Nobody's Baby Now on it. Avoid Nocturama but otherwise you can't go too wrong. Boatman's Call is all ballads just so you know, it's a classic.
For someone dipping their toe into the Nick Cave catalogue then Let Love In or Henry's Dream would be the most accessible, your Funeral My Trial, First Born is Dead and From Her to Eternity his most challenging and The Boatman's Call and Lyre of Orpheus his most melodic.
It's all good stuff though
But cant go wrong with most of it really
is in my top 10 albums of all time. Beautiful
Let Love in good though I prefer the earlier stuff. I think Tender Prey still shows a range of styles but still had the more unhinged dark element that is lacking in latter albums. Also The Good Son if really underated, maybe not a good place to start but should be high on the list.
Avoid Let Love In and Henry's Dream like the plague. Make sure to read his new book too.
For my money Nocturama is probably the worst ever Nick Cave album.
Favourites: Tender Prey, Your Funeral My Trial, Lyre of Orpheus/Abatoir Blues, Boatman's Call, Let Love In (in that order)
Dig, Lazarus, Dig for late/Grinderman era stuff
The Firstborn is Dead for early stuff
Tender Prey for transition between early and ballad stuff
The Boatman's Call for the ballad stuff.
When you've got into them, move on to Let Love In, The Good Son (my current favourite I think), Murder Ballads, Henry's Dream and No More Shall We Part. And then clean up with From Her To Eternity, Kicking Against The Pricks and The Lyre of Orpheus/Abbatoir Blues and his soundtrack work.
... you may as well do it in order of release.
listening to an artist shouldn't be a chronological grind, unless that's your thing. I'd listen to a couple mentioned on here and decide which of the many facets/periods of Mr Cave you're fondest of and then expand from there.
see what you perfer
check out the albums those tracks come from
listen to snippets of the new ones
I personally LOVE let love in and murder ballads
let love in is the most approachable of the lot I personally think
Don't fuck around, just go for it.
Double album is a good place to start. And it's awesome. Though 'Dig Lazarus' is probably more accessible.