Yesterday saw the release of the new album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece.
With incredible musicianship by the band and skilled production by Nick Launay, Push the Sky Away is beautiful and gentle and surly and twisted in that special Bad Seeds way, a majestic marvel of warmth and restraint. It’s not the kind of album that makes you think maybe you’d like to make some music; it’s the kind of album that makes you think you might as well give up.
If Push the Sky Away is not short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize, then, kids, there ain’t no justice.