Three years after that comes a new album, a double no less and I am firmly of the belief that there are very few double albums that wouldn't be improved by being cut to a single disc. Let us see if this can prove to be one of the few exceptions.
After my first listen I thought that this was "Skeleton Tree" part two, with most of the songs being extremely sparse in their arrangements with almost spoken lyrics. "Waiting For You" stands apart the most traditional Nick Cave style song.
My initial impressions were not positive, but upon every listen I come to appreciate it more. This is most definitely not an album for everyone, though the hardcore will no doubt join me in appreciating it.
Take "Sun Forest" as an example. After an extremely ponderous start, the chord progression begins to reveal itself, and then it surges to upward in the chorus. This is all relative however, don't be expecting "There She Goes My Beautiful World"!
It is a real mood piece, that will benefit from the right listening environment and time. A Marmite album I think, and yes it could benefit from being shorter, ("Fireflies" could be cut with no real loss). Much like many of the "Skeleton Tree" songs I feel live performance will enhance the impact and emotional journey the listener is taken on, particularly from the backing vocals and synth swells.
An understated, atmospheric journey, which I continue to enjoy far more than I thought would after that initial first listen, albeit one not all will wish to take.
"I love my baby and my baby loves me....."