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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Carnage: One Year On Retrospective Review

For my original thoughts on Carnage, you can read my initial review here.

Longstanding collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis fire on all cylinders with their offshoot of The Bad Seeds. Ellis and Cave may have worked together for decades, but Carnage marks their first album release as a duo, rather than as a group or as listed participants in a film score. Spurred on by the isolation of the coronavirus pandemic, where working in smaller groups was more suitable, the duo took to the studio and produced some of their finest work. A flagship for the year of music that was 2021, Carnage takes the brooding tones of Cave’s lyricisms, long-established in decades of work with The Bad Seeds or The Birthday Party, and connects them with a focus on the strings Ellis underscores these movements with.

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This Much I Know To Be True Review

At what point does the line between interest and obsession blur? Where is the line to be drawn between public interest and ghoulish, unnerving dive into the lives of the suffering? The second documentary on musician Nick Cave from Andrew Dominik finds him at yet another delicate point in the latter stages of his career. Although Idiot Prayer mused slightly on the creative process of art in lockdown, it was solely basing itself on the concert experience, and the isolation felt. What This Much I Know To Be True invites audiences to do is muse along with Cave and director Dominik on the personal reaction, the emotional restraint of music and the need to break from the grand stage.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Carnage Review

When we talk of carnage, we summon horrors beyond our wildest preparations. Horrid, stomach-churning tones and displays of how horrid people can be. Carnage, the latest album from frequent collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, wishes to do that too, but its abreaction and subsequent release show Cave, Ellis and company on fine form once again. They have removed themselves, ever so briefly, from the comfort of The Bad Seeds, and have set forth to make something similar in sound and style, but slightly different in effect and personality. As those sickening guitar riffs from Ellis shoot through the tortured, soulful lyrics Cave presents, there is a sense of simplicity and greatness to Carnage.

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