Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Nocturama/ Abattoir Blues, The Lyre of Orpheus and Dig, Lazarus Dig!!! (3 stars)

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Nocturama/ Abattoir Blues, The Lyre of Orpheus and Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!

Cave's last three albums released in 5.1 surround sound

Being the kind of artist who inspires obsessive collection by his fans, this final phase of a schedule which has seen all of Nick Cave’s studio albums re-released in 5.1 surround sound with extra tracks and video makes perfect sense. The first two admittedly aren’t among his most highly-praised works, but 2003’s Nocturama is a worthy example of Cave’s power as a delicately frayed balladeer. Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004), meanwhile, is a journey into wilful gothic obscurity that makes for an interesting if unsatisfying listen. Only Dig, Lazarus Dig!!! (2008) excites throughout, a pulp blues rocker with an entertainingly dark heart.

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