tender prey nick cave

this is the start of a number of up comingNick Cave reviews thoughts ,comingup to the release of his much awaited second novel  especially by myself . well this is nicks fifth album with the bad seeds and in some ways is the crossing point between angry old testament Nick to the new testament Nick we re familiar with now .the record was recorded in Berlins legendery hansa studios where Lou Reed Iggy Pop and Bowie had all recorded before . during and after the recording procees nick was in the grips of a heroin addiction . the main song on the album is the mercurial the mercy seat which is the thoughts of a death row victim before facing the electric chair and comparing his experience with Jesus facing the cross with Roland Wolfs guitar mixing with the hammond sound from Nick and screaming slide guitar of Blixa .To me this represents the height of angry Nick  vocal style . Elsewhere you see a gudie to the direction Nick moved to in later albums with mellow songs such as new morning and the voyeuristic watchin Alice show a toned down bad seeds a feeling that Blixa in particular has started to take a mellow approach in his guitar playing ,that was also shown a few years later in his own band .Nick had a number of other projects come to fruition round this time his first novel” and the ass saw the angel “and a collectionof stories lyrics called” king ink” was published by black spring press .Their was also two acting roles the first in Wim Wenders hymm to Berlin “wings of desire (der himmel uber Berlin) where nick is heard and seen playing during the film ,then in john hilcoats “ghosts of the civil dead ” where nick plays a pyschotic maynard a inmate in a high security prison in australia

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my favourite book

W  G SEBALD THE RINGS OF SATURN

 THIS WAS A CHANCE HOILDAY READ THAT I TRUELY LOVED. THE BOOK FOLLOWS A TRIP ALONG THE EAST ANGLIAN COAT BY WILFRED HIMSELF .ALONG THE WAY YOU LEARN ABOUT THE PLACES CHARACTERS AND SMELLS OF THE AREA ,AT THE TIME SEBALD WAS THE PROFESSOR OF GERMAN LITERATURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA . THE BOOK IS TRANSLATE WONDERFULLY BY MICHAEL HULSE ,GIVE IT A POETIC FLOW  AND GREAT PACE THAT ISN’T ALWAYS THE CASE IN GERMAN TRANSLATIONS . WHETHER THIS IS DUE TO THE AUTHORS LONG ASSCIATION WITH THE UK OR THE BRILLANCE OF HULSES TRANSLATION I M NOT SURE TIL I ATTEMPT TO READ A ORIGNAL GERMAN VERSION OF THE BOOK .   WHILST TRAVELING WITH THE NARRATOR YOU LEARN ABOUT FISHINGFLEETS,EMPERORS ,HURRICANES AND THE HUMBLE SILK WORM WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR IN A 300 PAGE NOVEL WELL YOU ARE ALSO TREATED TO PICTURE OF THE TOPICS MUSED ON BY WILFRED

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