Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nick Cave at Glastonbury *****

From the Guardian Newspaper
What happened: Cave strolls on stage and announces, "We're gonna dedicate this set to the late, great … Farah Fawcett." After what is surely the greatest Michael Jackson snub of the weekend, the Bad Seeds explode into action with their most visceral, confrontational sound since they started out as the Birthday Party.
Now minus multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey, they are still an accomplished, versatile backing band. This new, reinvigorated group seem to adopt LA Woman-era Doors and Funhouse-era Stooges as musical touchstones. Most of Cave's back catalogue receives a garage-rock reworking and is much the better for it. Old favourites like Tupelo, Deanna and The Mercy Seat sit comfortably along recent songs such as Dig, Lazaras Dig!!! and Midnight Man.
While most of his peers are experiencing a protracted decline into mediocrity, Cave continues to push himself as a songwriter and performer. At 51, he's still producing some of his best work. High point: Quite literally – the sight of somebody paragliding over the Pyramid stage during a rousing rendition of The Ship Song.

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Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

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