“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Album: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Artist: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Many artists, after being in the business as long as Nick Cave has, tend to dig themselves into a hole and are never able to dig themselves back out. Nick’s latest album with The Bad Seeds, “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” does not put Mr. Cave into that hole. This was the first time I had heard an album by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and it propelled me to investigate more into his past albums.

The album kicks off strong with the catchy track “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!”, infused with a motown inspired keyboard and coffeehouse percussion. Nick’s Vocals cut through the mix and provide us the story of a modern day Lazarus, a biblical man who was revived from the dead by Jesus. The album then moves on with track “Today’s Lesson”. Track 3, “Moonland” paints a picture of a man lost in the night. “Night of the Lotus Eaters” takes on a slightly more industrial feel, with the instruments imitating the intricacies of a grandfather clock ticking. One can almost feel the Pendulum swinging back and forth as night slowly gives birth to day. It has a darker sound to it than the songs that came before it. But the album swings back to form with another rocker, “Albert Goes West”. “We call upon the Author” starts off funky and breaks down into a minimalist breakdown which slowly builds back up as the song continues. “Hold On to Yourself” takes a soft acoustic sound which makes it feel like the kind of song that would play as a hero walks off into the sunset. “Lie Down Here (and Be my Girl)” kicks the tempo up a notch but continuing with the slightly southern fried sound found in the previous track. The next song, “Jesus of the Moon” takes an early Tom Waits lounge sound. Then “Midnight Man” takes things down a notch. The album wraps up with the almost 8 minute finale “More News from Nowhere”.

What it all boils down to: The album maintains a quality sound throughout, never feeling overproduced or providing too much for the listener to take in at once. It is full of memorable moments and is more than worth a listen. It has an infectious energy about it that will sink it’s venomous teeth into you and you’ll be feeling it for weeks afterwards. This album has it’s dark moments but leaves you with a smile with Nick’s unique sense of humor. A great album for March, as the cold starts to fade and gives way to the warmth of spring, minus the allergies.

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