Henry's Dream

Performers Nick Cave/Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Mute | May 11, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Continuing the creative roll of Tender Prey and The Good Son, Henry's Dream showed the band in fierce and fine fettle once more. The biggest change was with the choice of producer -- David Briggs, famed for his work on some of Neil Young's strongest albums. While Cave later thought the experiment didn't work as well as he might have hoped, Briggs does a fine enough job, perhaps not letting the group's full intensity through but still capturing a live feel nonetheless. Cave himself offers up another series of striking, compelling lyrics again exploring love, lust, and death. Here, though, some of his images are the strongest he's yet delivered, especially with the near apocalyptic "Papa Won't Leave You, Henry," which begins the album brilliantly as the narrator lurches through a landscape of storms, brothels, and urban decay. Equally powerful, if slower and calmer, is Dream's lead single, "Straight to You," with Cave delivering a forceful declaration of love. It's the near equal of "The Ship Song," the same sense of beautiful sweep running free. Other numbers like "Brother, My Cup is Empty" and "I Had a Dream, Joe" showcase the Seeds' peerless abilities at fusing older styles with noisy aggression and tension. The former is especially strong, almost dripping with soft then loud musical drama. The quieter numbers aren't to be ignored, though, such as the string-laden "Christina the Astonishing" and especially "Loom of the Land." One of Cave's best songs ever, his portrait of a nighttime walk with a lover is Romantic with a capital R, with a sweet passion that matches the soothing performance from the Seeds, topped off with a particularly fine chorus. [A version with a bonus DVD was released in 2010.] ~ Ned Raggett

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 11, 2010

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Mute

UPC: 724596944127

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Henry's Dream

Performers Nick Cave/Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 11, 2010

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Mute

UPC: 724596944127


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Papa Won't Leave You, Henry --
2.I Had A Dream, Joe --
3.Straight To You --
4.Brother, My Cup Is Empty --
5.Christina The Astonishing --
6.When I First Came To Town --
7.John Finn's Wife --
8.Loom of the Land --
9.Jack the Ripper --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Papa Won't Leave You, Henry [5.1 Surround Sound] --
2.I Had A Dream, Joe [5.1 Surround Sound] --
3.Straight To You [5.1 Surround Sound] --
4.Brother, My Cup is Empty [5.1 Surround Sound] --
5.Christina The Astonishing [5.1 Surround Sound] --
6.When I First Came To Town [5.1 Surround Sound] --
7.John Finn's Wife [5.1 Surround Sound] --
8.Loom of the Land [5.1 Surround Sound] --
9.Jack the Ripper [5.1 Surround Sound] --
10.Blue Bird --
11.Jack the Ripper [Acoustic Version] --
12.I Had A Dream, Joe - (live) --
13.Good Son, The - (live) --
14.Mercy Seat, The - (live) --
15.Carny, The - (live) --
16.Ship Song, The - (live) --
17.Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Pt. 7: Henry's Dream) [Video] --
18.I Had A Dream, Joe [Video] --
19.Straight To You [Video] --
20.Jack The Ripper [Acoustic Version] [Video] --

Editorial Notes

Continuing the creative roll of Tender Prey and The Good Son, Henry's Dream showed the band in fierce and fine fettle once more. The biggest change was with the choice of producer -- David Briggs, famed for his work on some of Neil Young's strongest albums. While Cave later thought the experiment didn't work as well as he might have hoped, Briggs does a fine enough job, perhaps not letting the group's full intensity through but still capturing a live feel nonetheless. Cave himself offers up another series of striking, compelling lyrics again exploring love, lust, and death. Here, though, some of his images are the strongest he's yet delivered, especially with the near apocalyptic "Papa Won't Leave You, Henry," which begins the album brilliantly as the narrator lurches through a landscape of storms, brothels, and urban decay. Equally powerful, if slower and calmer, is Dream's lead single, "Straight to You," with Cave delivering a forceful declaration of love. It's the near equal of "The Ship Song," the same sense of beautiful sweep running free. Other numbers like "Brother, My Cup is Empty" and "I Had a Dream, Joe" showcase the Seeds' peerless abilities at fusing older styles with noisy aggression and tension. The former is especially strong, almost dripping with soft then loud musical drama. The quieter numbers aren't to be ignored, though, such as the string-laden "Christina the Astonishing" and especially "Loom of the Land." One of Cave's best songs ever, his portrait of a nighttime walk with a lover is Romantic with a capital R, with a sweet passion that matches the soothing performance from the Seeds, topped off with a particularly fine chorus. [A version with a bonus DVD was released in 2010.] ~ Ned Raggett
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