Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - From Her To Eternity

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Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios. Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram. After the Birthday Party ended in a manner similar to a train collision, frontman Nick Cave emerged from the wreckage and hooked up ex-bandmate Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld (on loan from the industrial group Einsturzende Neubauten), Barry Adamson (fresh from Magazine), and the lovely but corpse-pale Anita Lane. Thus the Bad Seeds were born, second only to Cave's former band in their ability to create a rumbling caterwaul. What makes the Bad Seeds stand apart, though, are the elements of Delta blues that Cave dredges up from the darkest recesses of his black, black heart - blues unlike any you've ever heard before - and his Faulkner-meets-Lovecraft lyrical obsessions. 'Well of Misery' shambles along drunkenly and eventually crumbles under its somnambulant pace. On the title track Cave exhorts, begs, and pleads like a whiskey priest begging for forgiveness after a bender while Bargeld's guitar shrieks and wails like a congregation of devils. Including two of Cave's more inspired covers - Leonard Cohen's 'Avalanche' and Presley's 'In the Ghetto' - 'From Her to Eternity' captures Cave at the noisy intersection between the punk-rock entropy of the birthday party and his later incarnation as the gothic elvis.