Grinderman - album review (4 stars)





Grinderman sounds like Nick Cave and three of his fellow Bad Seeds locked themselves in a dank basement for a week and beat into shape 11 songs in a series of dirty blues jam sessions. Actually, that’s pretty much what happened when Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos decided to mess things up a bit with this gorgeously trashy offering. Opening track ‘Get it On’ sets out Grinderman’s stall with Cave’s proclamation, ‘I’ve gotta get up to get down and start all over again’, while guitar-driven closer ‘Love Bomb’ epitomises the sometime Seeds’ new back-to-basics sonic approach. The Lyre of Orpheus this ain’t.

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