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Lorsque l’on parle d’un « album de transition », c’est généralement pour décrire un disque bancal, aux idées hasardeuses et/ou mal dégrossies. Sauf pour Nick Cave.

 

En effet, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, premier double album de l’histoire des Bad Seeds, est l’archétype même du disque de transition, avec un pied dans le passé et un autre dans le futur. Sa construction générale s’apparente d’ailleurs à un résumé de la carrière du groupe : un premier volet (Abattoir Blues) plutôt rock, direct et volontiers tapageur (à l’image du survolté « Get Ready for Love », tonitruante entrée en matière), et un second (The Lyre of Orpheus) plus calme, majoritairement composé de ballades à dominante acoustique. Voilà pour la partie « bilan ».

 

Quant au futur, l’album s’y projette par la force des choses : Blixa Bargeld étant parti, il s’agit, pour Nick Cave et ses hommes, de s’inventer de nouvelles perspectives. Là aussi, mission accomplie : des influences jusqu’alors insoupçonnées remontent à la surface (« Hiding All Away », qui ressemble à s’y méprendre à un inédit de John Cale, période Slow Dazzle ; « The Lyre Of Orpheus », blues cubiste à la Tom Waits, où l’on jurerait d’ailleurs entendre Marc Ribot ; ou encore « Let the Bells Ring », qui emprunte son chorus de guitare à Neil Young) et des adjectifs que l’on n’aurait jamais pensé utiliser pour décrire un disque de Nick Cave viennent naturellement à l’esprit à l’écoute de certains titres : « champêtre » et « printanier » pour le bucolique (!) « Breathless », « groovy » pour « Nature Boy » ou l’irrésistible « There She Goes, My Beautiful World ».

 

Mais là où Nick Cave se distingue vraiment de la masse, c’est que rien ici ne semble laborieux, incohérent ou inabouti. Au contraire, l’album présente une belle unité sonore, due en grande partie à une production remarquable, qui a la bonne idée de s’appuyer régulièrement sur un chœur gospel ayant le pouvoir de magnifier même les titres les plus faibles. Bien sûr, tout n’est pas parfait dans ce disque, et l’on songe parfois au chef-d’œuvre qu’il aurait pu être s’il avait été réduit à un album simple ; mais même ses longueurs témoignent finalement en sa faveur, puisqu’elles découlent d’une générosité et d’un plaisir de jouer que les Bad Seeds n’avaient plus montré depuis bien longtemps.

 

Bref, avec Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, Nick Cave, cet infatigable iconoclaste, a inventé un genre nouveau : l’album de transition que l’on aime écouter. Un bien beau tour de force.

 

 
©Copyright Music Story Thibaut Losson 2021

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1
Get Ready for Love
00:05:05

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - ELLIS, Composer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Composer, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Cannibal's Hymn
00:04:54

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Hiding All Away
00:06:32

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Messiah Ward
00:05:15

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

5
There She Goes, My Beautiful World
00:05:17

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Nature Boy
00:04:54

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - ELLIS, Composer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Composer, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Abattoir Blues
00:03:59

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - ELLIS, Composer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Let the Bells Ring
00:04:26

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - ELLIS, Composer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Fable of the Brown Ape
00:02:45

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

DISQUE 2

1
The Lyre of Orpheus Explicit
00:05:37

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - ELLIS, Composer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Composer, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Breathless
00:03:14

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Babe, You Turn Me On
00:04:21

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Easy Money
00:06:43

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Supernaturally
00:04:37

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Spell
00:04:25

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - ELLIS, Composer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Composer, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Carry Me
00:03:37

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

8
O Children
00:06:51

James Johnston, Producer, Organ - The London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Lena Palmer, Vocals - A. Baliardo, Choir - Lars Fox, Editor - Nick Launay, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Damon Iddins, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Vocals - Warren Ellis, Producer, Mixer, Bouzouki, Flute, Mandolin, Violin - Ian Cooper, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - Laurent Binder, Engineer - London Community Gospel Choir, Choir - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums, Percussion - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Piano - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Wendy Rose, Vocals - Stephanie Meade, Vocals - Donovan Lawrence, Vocals - Guillaume Dujardin, Engineer - Ase Bergstrom, Vocals - Geo Onaymake, Vocals

© 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

Descriptif de l'album

Lorsque l’on parle d’un « album de transition », c’est généralement pour décrire un disque bancal, aux idées hasardeuses et/ou mal dégrossies. Sauf pour Nick Cave.

 

En effet, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, premier double album de l’histoire des Bad Seeds, est l’archétype même du disque de transition, avec un pied dans le passé et un autre dans le futur. Sa construction générale s’apparente d’ailleurs à un résumé de la carrière du groupe : un premier volet (Abattoir Blues) plutôt rock, direct et volontiers tapageur (à l’image du survolté « Get Ready for Love », tonitruante entrée en matière), et un second (The Lyre of Orpheus) plus calme, majoritairement composé de ballades à dominante acoustique. Voilà pour la partie « bilan ».

 

Quant au futur, l’album s’y projette par la force des choses : Blixa Bargeld étant parti, il s’agit, pour Nick Cave et ses hommes, de s’inventer de nouvelles perspectives. Là aussi, mission accomplie : des influences jusqu’alors insoupçonnées remontent à la surface (« Hiding All Away », qui ressemble à s’y méprendre à un inédit de John Cale, période Slow Dazzle ; « The Lyre Of Orpheus », blues cubiste à la Tom Waits, où l’on jurerait d’ailleurs entendre Marc Ribot ; ou encore « Let the Bells Ring », qui emprunte son chorus de guitare à Neil Young) et des adjectifs que l’on n’aurait jamais pensé utiliser pour décrire un disque de Nick Cave viennent naturellement à l’esprit à l’écoute de certains titres : « champêtre » et « printanier » pour le bucolique (!) « Breathless », « groovy » pour « Nature Boy » ou l’irrésistible « There She Goes, My Beautiful World ».

 

Mais là où Nick Cave se distingue vraiment de la masse, c’est que rien ici ne semble laborieux, incohérent ou inabouti. Au contraire, l’album présente une belle unité sonore, due en grande partie à une production remarquable, qui a la bonne idée de s’appuyer régulièrement sur un chœur gospel ayant le pouvoir de magnifier même les titres les plus faibles. Bien sûr, tout n’est pas parfait dans ce disque, et l’on songe parfois au chef-d’œuvre qu’il aurait pu être s’il avait été réduit à un album simple ; mais même ses longueurs témoignent finalement en sa faveur, puisqu’elles découlent d’une générosité et d’un plaisir de jouer que les Bad Seeds n’avaient plus montré depuis bien longtemps.

 

Bref, avec Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, Nick Cave, cet infatigable iconoclaste, a inventé un genre nouveau : l’album de transition que l’on aime écouter. Un bien beau tour de force.

 

 
©Copyright Music Story Thibaut Losson 2021

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Alors que Blue Note publie Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen, Qobuz revient sur les dix meilleures chansons de Leonard Cohen. En cinquante ans de carrière, le plus célèbre des songwriters canadiens, décédé en 2016, a enregistré beaucoup plus que dix titres mémorables. Pour donner un aperçu de l’évolution artistique du chanteur, Qobuz a sélectionné une chanson par album, de “Suzanne” en 1967 à “You Want It Darker” en 2016.

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