From Her to Eternity

Performers Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Mute | June 2, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Nick Cave launched his solo career in style with From Her to Eternity, an accomplished album mixing the frenzy and power of his Birthday Party days with a dank, moody atmosphere that showed he was not interested in simply continuing what the older group had done. To be sure, Mick Harvey joined him from the Party days, as ever playing a variety of instruments, while one-time Party guest Blixa Bargeld now became a permanent Cave partner, splitting his time between the Bad Seeds and Einsturzende Neubaten ever since. The group took wing with a harrowing version of Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche," Cave's wracked, buried tones suiting the Canadian legend's words perfectly, and never looked back. From Her to Eternity is crammed with any number of doom-laden songs, with Cave the understandable center of attention, his commanding vocals turning the blues and rural music into theatrical exhibitionism unmatched since Jim Morrison stalked stages. Songs like "Cabin Fever," with its steadily paced drumming and relentless piano line, and the more restrained and moody "The Moon Is in the Gutter" sound like cabarets in hell. "In the Ghetto," already perfectly suited to such a treatment, shows the underlying sense of beauty that defines the Seeds as much as drama. Even though it's a Presley cover, the sense of Scott Walker's influence isn't far away at all. The title track is and remains a Bad Seeds classic, played at shows up through the present, a tense piano/organ beginning then accompanied by the edgy build of the band, pounding drums, stabbing feedback and keyboard parts and more. [The 2009 reissue adds new liner notes and a DVD that includes a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album plus bonus audio tracks (the band's amazing cover of the Elvis classic "In the Ghetto," "The Moon is in the Gutter" and a different version of the title track) and video content.] ~ Ned Raggett

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 2, 2009

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Mute

UPC: 724596940129

Found in: Alternative

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From Her to Eternity

From Her to Eternity

Performers Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 2, 2009

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Mute

UPC: 724596940129


Title Track Time
1.Avalanche --
2.Cabin Fever --
3.Well of Misery --
4.From Her To Eternity --
5.Saint Huck --
6.Wings Off Flies --
7.Box For Black Paul, A --
8.In the Ghetto --
9.Moon is In the Gutter, The --
10.From Her To Eternity (Der Himmel Uber Berlin Version) --

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Nick Cave launched his solo career in style with From Her to Eternity, an accomplished album mixing the frenzy and power of his Birthday Party days with a dank, moody atmosphere that showed he was not interested in simply continuing what the older group had done. To be sure, Mick Harvey joined him from the Party days, as ever playing a variety of instruments, while one-time Party guest Blixa Bargeld now became a permanent Cave partner, splitting his time between the Bad Seeds and Einsturzende Neubaten ever since. The group took wing with a harrowing version of Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche," Cave's wracked, buried tones suiting the Canadian legend's words perfectly, and never looked back. From Her to Eternity is crammed with any number of doom-laden songs, with Cave the understandable center of attention, his commanding vocals turning the blues and rural music into theatrical exhibitionism unmatched since Jim Morrison stalked stages. Songs like "Cabin Fever," with its steadily paced drumming and relentless piano line, and the more restrained and moody "The Moon Is in the Gutter" sound like cabarets in hell. "In the Ghetto," already perfectly suited to such a treatment, shows the underlying sense of beauty that defines the Seeds as much as drama. Even though it's a Presley cover, the sense of Scott Walker's influence isn't far away at all. The title track is and remains a Bad Seeds classic, played at shows up through the present, a tense piano/organ beginning then accompanied by the edgy build of the band, pounding drums, stabbing feedback and keyboard parts and more. [The 2009 reissue adds new liner notes and a DVD that includes a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album plus bonus audio tracks (the band's amazing cover of the Elvis classic "In the Ghetto," "The Moon is in the Gutter" and a different version of the title track) and video content.] ~ Ned Raggett
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