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Crowded House, Nick Cave & The Bad seeds, Jet, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, AC/DC, Wolfmother, Flight Facilities, Tame Impala, Angus & Julia Stone, The Jezabels, Cut Copy... Here's an overview of Australia's best bands and musicians.

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Don't Dream It's Over
Crowded House The Very Very Best Of Crowded House 00:03:58

Neil Finn, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer - Paul Hester, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Seymour, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Crowded House, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Into My Arms (2011 Remastered Version)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Boatman's Call (2011 - Remaster) 00:04:16

Paul Wright, Engineer - Paul Corkett, Engineer, Recorder - Simon Heyworth, Engineer, Digital Remasterer - Flood, Producer, Mixer - Paul Hicks, Engineer - Nick Cave, Piano, Vocals - Martyn P. Casey, Bass - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Producer, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Chris Scard, Mixer - Paul Wright (UK Engineer), Engineer

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Are You Gonna Be My Girl (Album Version)
Jet Get Born 00:03:34

Nic Cester, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Greg Gordon, Additional Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - D. Sardy, Producer, Guitar, Mixing Engineer - Jet, MainArtist - Cam Muncey, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Chris Cester, Drums, Vocals - Evil Chris, Additional Engineer - Greg Fidelman, Engineer - Leigh Lust, A&R Manager - Mark Wilson, Bass Guitar

© 2003 Elektra Entertainment Group Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Australia and New Zealand. ℗ 2003 Elektra Entertainment Group Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Australia and New Zealand.

4
Blue Sky Mine (2011 Remaster)
Midnight Oil Blue Sky Mining ((Remastered)) 00:04:15

Midnight Oil, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Bones Hillman, Bass - Martin Rotsey, Guitar, Producer - Rob Hirst, Drums, Producer - Jim Moginie, Guitar, Keyboards - Peter Garrett, Producer - Warne Livesey, Keyboards, Producer - Jeremy Smith, French Horn - Glad ., Horn - Garf ., Horn - David Nicholas, Engineer - James Moginie, Producer - Peter Gifford, Producer - Brendan Morley, Assistant Engineer - Steve Smart, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1990 Midnight Oil under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd.

5
Streets of Your Town (Remastered)
The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane 00:03:39

Robert Forster, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Grant McLennan, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Amanda Brown, AssociatedPerformer - The Go-Betweens, MainArtist - John Willsteed, AssociatedPerformer - Lindy Morrison, AssociatedPerformer

2020 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd 2020 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd

6
Tomorrow (Remastered)
Silverchair Frogstomp (Deluxe Edition) (Remastered) 00:04:26

Silverchair, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Daniel Johns, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Ben Gillies, Composer, Drums, Lyricist - Chris Joanou, Bass Guitar - John Harding, Violin - Leoni Ziegler, Violin - Alexandra D'Elia, Violin - Georges Lentz, Violin - Emma Hayes, Violin - Carl Pini, Violin - Fiona Ziegler, Violin - Jane Scarpantoni, Cello - Kevin Shirley, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Nick Launay, Producer - Matt Wilton, Assistant Engineer - Mark Thomas, Assistant Engineer - Phil Munro, Assistant Engineer - Jon Russell, Assistant Engineer - Toby Learmont, Assistant Engineer - Matt Lovell, Assistant Engineer - Daniel Gilliland, Assistant Engineer - Steve Baughman, Assistant Engineer - Rich Alvy, Assistant Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1995 Sony Music Entertainment (Australia) Limited

7
Get Free
The Vines Highly Evolved 00:02:06

Rob Schnapf, Producer - Craig Nicholls, ComposerLyricist - The Vines, MainArtist

(C) 2002 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2002 Capitol Records

8
Truly Madly Deeply
Savage Garden Savage Garden 00:04:37

Savage Garden, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Darren Hayes, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Jones, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Fisher, Producer

(P) 1997 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
The Host of Seraphim
Dead Can Dance A Passage In Time 00:06:17

Dead Can Dance, MainArtist - Lisa Gerrard, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Stearns, Conductor - Brendan Perry, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rebecca Jackson, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Buckley, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Harling, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Beesley, AssociatedPerformer - David Navarro Sust, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Gamage, AssociatedPerformer

1991 4AD Ltd 1991 4AD Ltd

10
Release the Bats
The Birthday Party Junkyard 00:02:31

Nick Cave, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mick Harvey, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rowland S Howard, AssociatedPerformer - The Birthday Party, MainArtist - Tracey Pew, AssociatedPerformer - Phill Calvert, AssociatedPerformer

1982 4AD Ltd 1982 4AD Ltd

11
Whole Lotta Rosie
AC/DC Let There Be Rock 00:05:24

AC/DC, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Angus Young, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Bon Scott, Composer, Lyricist - Malcolm Young, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Vanda, Producer - Young, Producer - Harry Vanda and George Young For Albert Productions, Producer - Phil Rudd, Drums - Mark Evans, Bass

(P) 1977 J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd

12
Runnin' Wild (Album Version)
Airbourne Runnin' Wild 00:03:38

Airbourne, MainArtist - Joel O'Keeffe, Composer, Lyricist - Ryan O'Keeffe, Composer, Lyricist - ANDY WALLACE, Mixer - Bob Marlette, Producer

© 2007 Nettwerk Music Group Inc ℗ 2007 Nettwerk Music Group Inc

13
Woman
Wolfmother Wolfmother 00:02:56

D. Sardy, Producer - Wolfmother, MainArtist - Andrew Stockdale, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Ross, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Myles Heskett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 Modular Recordings

14
Stayin Alive
Bee Gees The Ultimate Bee Gees 00:04:42

Barry Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Robin Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Maurice Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Bee Gees, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Barry Gibb, The Estate of Robin Gibb and Yvonne Gibb

15
Cheap Thrills
Sia This Is Acting (Deluxe Version) 00:03:31

Sia, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Sia Furler, Composer, Lyricist - Greg Kurstin, Composer, Engineer, Lyricist, Producer - alex pasco, Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Chris Galland, Assistant Engineer - Ike Schultz, Assistant Engineer - Jesse Shatkin, Recording Engineer

(P) 2015 Monkey Puzzle Records, under exclusive license to RCA Records

16
Torn
Natalie Imbruglia Left Of The Middle 00:04:04

Nigel Godrich, Mixing Engineer - Natalie Imbruglia, Performer - Previn, Composer - Previn, Lyricist - Phil Thornalley, Composer - Phil Thornalley, Lyricist - Phil Thornalley, Producer - Cutler, Composer - Cutler, Lyricist

(P) 1997 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

17
Where the Wild Roses Grow (feat. Kylie Minogue) (2011 Remastered Version) (2011 - Remaster)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures - The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014) [Deluxe Edition] 00:03:55

Jen Anderson, Violin - Kylie Minogue, Vocals, MainArtist - Gregg Jackman, Mixer - Ray Staff, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Simon Heyworth, Engineer, Digital Remasterer - Jim Sclavunos, Producer, Bells, Percussion - Nick Cave, Composer, Producer, String Arranger, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Strings - Victor Van Vugt, Producer - Blixa Bargeld, Producer, Guitar - Tony Cohen, Producer - Thomas Wydler, Producer, Drums - Martyn P. Casey, Producer, Bass - Conway Savage, Producer, Backing Vocals - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, MainArtist - Mick Harvey, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Strings - Sue Simpson, Violin - Kerran Coulter, Viola - Helen Mountfort, Cello

© 2017 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1995 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

18
Untouched (Album Version)
The Veronicas Hook Me Up 00:04:14

Toby GAD, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Masterer, Programmer, Writer, All Instruments - The Veronicas, Vocals, MainArtist - Jessica Origliasso, Writer - Lisa Origliasso, Writer

© 2009 Sire Records ℗ 2007 Sire Records for the U.S. Marketed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.

19
Just Wanna
Iggy Azalea In My Defense 00:02:47

Iggy Azalea, MainArtist - JWhite Did It, Producer

2019 Bad Dreams Records / EMPIRE 2019 Bad Dreams Records / EMPIRE

20
Need a Little Time
Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel 00:03:58

Burke Reid, Producer - Dan Luscombe, Producer - Courtney Barnett, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist

2018 Marathon Artists 2018 Marathon Artists

21
Star City
Olympia Flamingo 00:03:25

Olympia, MainArtist - Universal Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2019 Universal Music Australia Pty Limited under exclusive licence for UK and Europe to Opposite Number 2019 Universal Music Australia Pty Limited under exclusive licence for UK and Europe to Opposite Number

22
Talking Straight
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Hope Downs 00:03:44

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, MainArtist

2018 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever under license to Sub Pop Records 2018 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever under license to Sub Pop Records

23
She Knows
The Goon Sax We're Not Talking 00:02:32

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Cameron Bird, Producer - James Cecil, Producer, Mixer - James Harrison, Composer, Lyricist - The Goon Sax, Producer, Artist, MainArtist - Louis Forster, Composer, Lyricist - Riley Jones, Composer, Lyricist

2018 Wichita Recordings Ltd./[PIAS], under exclusive license from The Goon Sax 2018 Wichita Recordings Ltd./[PIAS], under exclusive license from The Goon Sax

24
Sweet Disposition
The Temper Trap Conditions 00:03:54

Jim Abbiss, Producer - The Temper Trap, Performed by, MainArtist - A. Mandagi, Writer - L. Sillitto, Writer - Lorenzo Sillitto, Composer - Dougy Mandagi, Composer

© 2009 Liberation Music Pty Ltd. under exclusive license to Infectious Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2009 Glassnote

25
Do the Whirlwind
Architecture in Helsinki In Case We Die 00:04:34

Architecture In Helsinki, Artist, MainArtist - Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK), MusicPublisher

2005 Architecture in Helsinki licensed exclusively to Moshi Moshi Records Ltd distributed by V2 in the UK 2005 AIH under exlcusive license to Moshi Moshi

26
Tricks
Stella Donnelly Beware of the Dogs 00:04:07

Ewan Pearson, Mixer - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Dean Tuza, Producer - Stella Donnelly, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist

2019 Secretly Canadian 2019 Secretly Canadian

27
Beliefs & Prayers
Middle Kids New Songs For Old Problems 00:03:39

Domino Publishing Co., MusicPublisher - Hannah Joy, ComposerLyricist - Middle Kids, MainArtist - Tim Fitz, Producer, ComposerLyricist

2019 Lucky Number Music Limited 2019 Lucky Number Music Limited

28
Pressure To Party
Julia Jacklin Crushing 00:03:02

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Burke Reid, Producer, Mixer - Julia Jacklin, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist

2019 Transgressive Records under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Transgressive Records under exclusive license to [PIAS]

29
Without A Blush
Hatchie Keepsake 00:04:58

Big Deal, MusicPublisher - John Castle, Producer, Mixer - Mushroom Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Joseph Agius, Composer, Lyricist - Hatchie, Artist, MainArtist - Harriette Pilbeam, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Heavenly Recordings under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Heavenly Recordings under exclusive license to [PIAS]

30
What's The Deal With David?
Oh Pep! I Wasn't Only Thinking About You… 00:03:13

Oh Pep!, MainArtist - Olivia Hally, Composer

2018 ATO Records, under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2018 ATO Records, under exclusive license to [PIAS]

31
Backseat
Ali Barter Backseat 00:03:13

Oscar Dawson, Composer, Producer, Mixer - NATIVE TOUNGE, MusicPublisher - Ali Barter, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist

2019 Girly Bits Pty Ltd under exclusive licenses to Inertia Music 2019 Girly Bits Pty Ltd under exclusive licenses to Inertia Music

32
Hunger
Tia Gostelow Thick Skin 00:04:07

Hannah Field, Composer, Writer - Elizabeth Drummond, Composer, Writer - Konstantin Kersting, Composer, Writer - Tia Gostelow, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2018 AntiFragile Music ℗ 2018 AntiFragile Music

33
Sweet About Me
Various Artists Cool - Pop 00:03:23

Timothy Powell, ComposerLyricist - Miranda Cooper, ComposerLyricist - Kieran Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Nick Coler, Guitar, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Resch, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Powell, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Wheatley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Owen Parker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Xenomania, Producer - Brian Higgins, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Feltham, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Larcombe, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nicholas John Sutherland Coler, ComposerLyricist - Gabriella Cilmi, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick squires, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Parnell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

34
So Under Pressure (Album version)
Dannii Minogue Club Disco 00:03:52

Ronald, ComposerLyricist - Dannii Minogue, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ward, ComposerLyricist - Monteverde, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 AATW

35
The Last Day on Earth
Kate Miller-Heidke Curiouser 00:04:47

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Kate Miller-Heidke, Composer - Kate Miller-Heidke, Lyricist - Kate Miller-Heidke, Performer - Keir Nuttall, Composer - Keir Nuttall, Lyricist - Keir Nuttall, Producer - Mickey Petralia, Engineer - Mickey Petralia, Mixing Engineer - Mickey Petralia, Producer

(P) 2008 SONY BMG Music Entertainment (Australia) Pty Limited

36
Fuckin 'N' Rollin
Phantastic Ferniture Phantastic Ferniture 00:03:23

Brennan, Composer - Stephens, Composer - Hughes, Composer - Capell, Composer - JackIn, Composer - Phantastic Ferniture, MainArtist

2018 Phantastic Ferniture under exclusive license to Transgressive Records / [PIAS] 2018 Phantastic Ferniture under exclusive license to Transgressive Records / [PIAS]

37
Vincent Van Gogh
RvG A Quality of Mercy 00:03:58

RvG, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Fat Possum Records (P) 2018 Fat Possum Records

38
Since I Left You
The Avalanches Since I Left You 00:04:22

Jimmy Webb, ComposerLyricist - The Avalanches, MainArtist - Edward Drennen, ComposerLyricist - Darren Seltmann, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robbie Chater, Producer, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony DiBlasi, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gordon McQuilten, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jeanne Salo, ComposerLyricist - Dexter Fabay, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Espie, Mixer - James De La Cruz, AssociatedPerformer

2001 XL Recordings Ltd 2002 XL Recordings Ltd

39
Down Under
Men At Work Business As Usual 00:03:42

Men At Work, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Colin Hay, Composer, Lyricist - Ron Strykert, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 1981 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

40
Better Than (Album Version)
John Butler Trio Grand National 00:03:27

Mario Caldato Jr., Producer, Mixer, Engineer - John Butler Trio, MainArtist - John Butler, Producer, Banjo, Vocals, Writer - Michael Barker, Drums, Glockenspiel, Co-Producer, Backing Vocals, Marimba, Shaker - Shannon Birchall, Co-Producer, Backing Vocals, Bass - Jarrad Hearman, Assistant Engineer

2007 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Australia and New Zealand. 2008 Atlantic Recording Cororation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States

41
The Show
Lenka Lenka (Expanded Edition) 00:03:55

Lenka, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lenka Kripac, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Vocal - Sean Hurley, Bass - Stuart Brawley, Producer, Arranger, Bells, Organ, Piano, Recording Engineer - Jason Reeves, Composer, Lyricist - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Shari Sutcliffe, Project Coordinator - Danny Levin, Trombone, Trumpet - Joe Corcoran, Guitar, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Nicole Harding, Project Coordinator - Fiona Brawley, Assistant Engineer - Lester Nuby, Drums

(P) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment

42
Sanity
Chet Faker Run Fast Sleep Naked 00:03:34

Nick Murphy, Composer, MainArtist

2019 Future Classic / Opulent under exclusive license to [PIAS] 2019 Future Classic / Opulent under exclusive license to [PIAS]

43
The End
The Jezabels The Brink 00:04:00

The Jezabels, Composer, MainArtist

2013 The Jezabels. Released under exclusive license by Play It Again Sam. Play It Again Sam is a label of the [PIAS] Entertainment Group 2013 The Jezabels. Released under exclusive license by Play It Again Sam. Play It Again Sam is a label of the [PIAS] Entertainment Group

44
Can't Get You out of My Head
Kylie Minogue Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection 00:03:50

Kylie Minogue, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Cathy Dennis, Producer, Writer - Rob Davis, Producer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Drum Programmer - Pesche, MasteringEngineer - Tom Orford, MixingEngineer

© 2019 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. / Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

45
Crave You
Flight Facilities Down to Earth 00:03:54

GISELLE, FeaturedArtist - Flight Facilities, MainArtist - James Lyell, Composer - Hugo Gruzman, Composer - Giselle Rosselli, Composer

2014 Future Classic under exclusive license to Win Music/Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC, distributed by AWAL 2014 Future Classic under exclusive license to Win Music/Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC, distributed by AWAL

46
Something About You
Hayden James Something About You 00:03:45

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Burnett, ComposerLyricist - Eric J Dubowsky, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jessica Higgs, ComposerLyricist - Hayden James, Producer, Performer, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hayden James Luby, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Future Classic Pty Ltd, under exclusive licence to Virgin EMI Records a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd

47
Magic
Panama It's Not Over 00:03:37

Panama, MainArtist - Jarrah McCleary, Composer - Future Classic, MusicPublisher

2012 Future Classic 2012 Future Classic

48
Let It Happen
Tame Impala Currents 00:07:46

KEVIN PARKER, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tame Impala, MainArtist

℗ 2015 Modular Recordings

49
Give Me a Reason
Jagwar Ma Every Now & Then 00:07:03

Jagwar Ma, Artist, MainArtist

2016 Marathon Artists under exclusive license from Jagwar Ma 2016 Marathon Artists Limited

50
Logic
Operator Please Gloves (Bonus Tracks Version) 00:03:33

Operator Please, Performer - Amandah Wilkinson, Composer, Writer - Jim Eliot, Composer, Writer

Brille Records Ltd.

About Playlist

Crowded House, Nick Cave & The Bad seeds, Jet, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, AC/DC, Wolfmother, Flight Facilities, Tame Impala, Angus & Julia Stone, The Jezabels, Cut Copy... Here's an overview of Australia's best bands and musicians.

Nick Cave: Bad Seed

by Marc Zisman

Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds remain one of the most prolific adventures of the post-punk era. Since the late 1980s, the vast magnetism of the Australian singer has swirled through violent paroxysms, fulminating covers, piano ballads and sweaty rock'n'roll. As the years went by, Cave became more and more of a crooner, part way between a punk Frank Sinatra and an austere Johnny Cash.

In 2013, the superb Push The Sky Away marked a kind of pinnacle for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. His prose became more and more literary: more mystical, but also more abstract. The increasingly dominant role of Warren Ellis in the musical work reached a sort of paroxysm here. Emotions were further heightened on the following record, Skeleton Tree, which came out three years later. With this record, Cave joined the ranks of artists who have worked in this oppressive, crippling vein. The Australian recorded the sixteenth Bad Seeds album following the tragic death of his son, Arthur, at the age of 15, who fell off a cliff after taking LSD... It is not possible to appreciate the slightest part of this work without revisiting this tragedy, even if some songs had been written before it occurred. Nick Cave lays himself bare here as never before. No barrier is left between the horror of what he has experienced and the words and notes on the record. It is a work of pared-down, unadorned revelation which is neither indecent, nor lurid. As he declaims at the start of the record, "With my voice, I am calling you". That's all...



At no point does the leader of The Bad Seeds use the traumatic context to put a knife to the listener's throat and oblige them to like the album out of pity. The long, crepuscular blues are a sort of beautiful, piercing requiem. For several years now, the singer had left behind pure storytelling, and his records brought together compositions which were closer to poetry, to sermons or elegy than to song. Here, he is thinking aloud; speaking to his son and calling to a heaven in which he has no faith, and maybe never did. By his side, the faithful Warren Ellis merges his ingenious instrumental flair with this moving and austere prose… On Skeleton Tree, Nick Cave is not looking for any kind of release, much less sending an S.O.S. The situation he is living through is what powers his creation. It is a powerful fuel, and the result is sure to count, when all is said and done, among his greatest works.





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