Yes I know its hard to believe but once in awhile a guy comes out on the raw end of a break up. There are two sides to every story, and if a breakup story had a narrator then Nick Cave would be Edgar Allen Poe. Dark, brooding, but unafraid to look inward.

Nick Cave

Cave wrote his 1997 disc “The Boatman’s Call” after his breakup with fellow left of center rocker PJ Harvey. Up until this album, Cave’s albums were theatrical and visceral. His lyrics were allegorical narratives sprinkled with biblical references.

Before “The Boatman’s Call,” Cave was a a genius outsider, but with this album Cave finally let the listener in, and the result was a little disturbing but also a little touching. On the opening track “Into My Arms” Cave pines:

I don’t believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you

Sure it sounds like a love song but the tone will let you know it is anything but.

It took a woman’s scorn to wear down Cave’s shell and inspire him to write his most organic, stripped down and introspective album of his career. The result? Oh just the most critical praise and exposure of Cave’s career.

Artistic girlfriends. Cant live with ’em, cant live without ’em.

PJ Harvey

-Josh Kruk

(image courtesy of modculture.com)

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