“When the storm clouds gather ’round you
And heavy rains descend
Just remember that death is not the end”
The month of October is upon us, and we get in to the spirit of the season with an album of dark, dreadful musings.
In 1996, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released their ninth studio album, Murder Ballads.
Murder ballads are a subgenre of the ballad. Their subject matter focuses on crime and gruesome death. Nick Cave mines this fertile ground to produce an album that is both unsettling and darkly humorous. From the haunting opening of “Song of Joy” to the over the top bloodbath that is “O’Malley’s Bar,” this album deals in death.
Murder Ballads was the band’s most commercially successful album when it was released. We chose it for this week’s review because of it’s subject matter, which seemed like an appropriate way to start the Halloween season.
I would be remiss if I ended this post without a shout out to “Stagger Lee.” This song has been recorded well over 400 times. Cave’s version contains perhaps the weirdest flex ever. We’ll let you be the judge.