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The Boatman’s Call

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Behind the scenes, several issues had aligned in Cave’s life; a traumatic break-up, a second stint in rehab for a still persistent heroin addiction, and, most famously, a passionate but swiftly extinguished love-affair. He has begun to find a quiet grace, and perhaps even beauty, past all the darkness that's long consumed him.

And his continued insecurity surrounding emotional honesty has shone through when he states that “confessional writing is a dead end, there’s something about making heroic your own little pains that sticks in my craw.

Many of the lyrics seem to reflect on Cave's personal relationships and spiritual yearnings at the time of writing. Originally released in 1997, gone were the menacing, troubled tunes of yore; instead, here was a selection of graceful, minimal, melancholic numbers that saw Cave reflect on spirituality, loves past and present, and almost atoning for past indiscretions. Some songs are thought to be directed at either the mother of Cave's oldest son Luke, Viviane Carneiro (in "Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?

It’s such a gorgeous song that Peaches Geldof even has its lyrics tattooed on her (but don’t let that put you off). The album is entirely piano-based, alternately somber and romantic in mood, making it a marked departure from the bulk of the band's post-punk catalogue up to that point.After a career spent tearing down the world with horror and disgust, Nick Cave finally sounds ready to start rebuilding from scratch. Cleary uncomfortable about the process of spinning one’s own feelings into poetic form he has often addressed the album as “a big heroic melodrama out of a bog-standard rejection.

and furthermore, with the emergence of acts such as PJ Harvey and The Afghan Whigs, there was a sense that The Bad Seeds had ushered in a new wave of evocative, imagery-based rock songwriting. Each album has been re-mastered (overseen by Mick Harvey, former Bad Seed and founder member), and all album artwork reflects the original release from the cover to the printed inner sleeves. The golden era of Australia's gothic gang - Each comes as a two-disc set, the remastered album and a DVD with a 5. The album’s dwelling on the fragility of love also collided with Cave’s similarly complicated relationship with religion.

Cave performed "Into My Arms" at the 1997 funeral of INXS vocalist Michael Hutchence, an old friend from Cave's youth, and requested that the TV cameras be shut off for his performance out of respect for Hutchence. Having collaborated previously on the Murder Balladsfolk-cover ‘Henry Lee’, the pair had hit it off on the video shoot for that very song – an erotic, bare-bones scene which found the two-singers wrapped around one-another, locked deep in lustful stares and lyrical whispers. Cave opens his heart from the outset, the song beginning with the stunning line of "I don't believe in an interventionist God / But I know, darling, that you do". By 1997, The Bad Seeds were an eight man strong operation, and yet they saw fit to release this album full of extremely intimate, stripped down, confessional music.

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