Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 39:42 minutes | 432 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Bad Seed Ltd

The 16th studio album from alt-rock pioneers Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. This follows the Bad Seeds’ most critically and commercially successful release of recent times, Push the Sky Away (2013). Skeleton Tree began it’s journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were formed in Melbourne in 1983 by lead singer Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout it’s career. They have released 15 previous studio albums and completed numerous international tours.

Nick Cave is an artist who has never shied away from exploring the darker side of the human experience, often in broadly gothic strokes on his early albums but with a growing degree of nuance and compassion as Cave and his work matured. But a very real and deeply painful tragedy was visited on Cave while he was working on his 16th solo album, Skeleton Tree. His 15-year-old son Arthur Cave died when he fell from a cliff in July 2015, and while the writing and recording was already underway when the youngster suffered his accident, the grief and pain of loss Cave felt is palpable throughout this album. Skeleton Tree is relatively modest in scale — it runs just 40 minutes, the cover artwork is minimal, and the music lacks the dramatic, grand-scale arrangements of Cave’s albums of the 21st century. Nearly all of these songs feature spare, minimal melodies and low-key soundscapes that hover over beds of atonal electronic noise and sculpted static. And while the estimable talents of the Bad Seeds are on display here, on many tracks the final effect feels more like an author reading over ambient backing tracks than the sort of evocative sounds one might expect from Cave and his collaborators. The lyrics appear to reference Cave’s personal loss on occasion — the very first words in the opening track, “Jesus Alone,” are “You fell from the sky/Crash landed in a field,” which could hardly be a mere coincidence — yet Skeleton Tree doesn’t feel like an album about the late Arthur Cave. Instead, Skeleton Tree plays like an act of mourning, a set of songs in which Cave makes his acquaintance with grief and struggles to make sense of the pain and emotional devastation that come with outliving your child. As always, Cave’s songs are both literate and emotionally honest, and though this music is genuinely passionate, he avoids histrionics. Skeleton Tree isn’t about exorcizing the agony of being robbed of a loved one. Instead, this music honors the dead by making sense of the pain of the survivors, and the harrowing and beautiful “Distant Sky” (a duet with Else Torp) finds a point where these two sides meet and find peace. Even by Cave’s dour standards, Skeleton Tree is a tough listen, but it’s also a powerful and revealing one, and a singular work from a one-of-a-kind artist. ~ Mark Deming

Tracklist:
01 – Jesus Alone
02 – Rings Of Saturn
03 – Girl In Amber
04 – Magneto
05 – Anthrocene
06 – I Need You
07 – Distant Sky
08 – Skeleton Tree

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