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

Cave's last three albums released in 5.1 surround sound

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

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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