Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 

Nocturama (Anti/Epitaph)

Around, oh, the 11th or 12th repetition of the bludgeoning chorus "Babe I'm on fire" on the track of the same name, it hits you: Nick Cave has jumped the shark.

For a Cave devotee, this is a sorry and painful thing to report, but true nevertheless. Oh, Nocturama has its moments, mostly brought about by Warren Ellis's mournful violin and fleeting glimpses of the spitfire literacy only Cave can pull off. The album even claims one outstanding tune, in the form of opener "Wonderful Life," which finds Cave's glowering style in top form.

That said, this is an album that's out of ideas, covering emotional and musical territory Cave has covered with more conviction on previous efforts. The slow tracks seem stolid, and even the would-be romper-stompers, employing all the awesome muscle of Cave's Bad Seeds co-conspirators, are curiously docile. Nocturama isn't a terrible album -- that would be all but impossible from this bunch -- but for the most part, it's disappointingly stale.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Maya Singer

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Kiry Shabazz @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Jan. 27
  • Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood @ Packard Music Hall

    • Sun., Nov. 6
  • Soul Message Band Featuring Chris Foreman @ Bop Stop

    • Fri., Jan. 28

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation