In Spring, 1994, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released their 8th album Let Love In. The album is often cited as being the outfits best album but I will not judge that standard here. It certainly is amongst their best 3 albums.
Almost exactly two years after the word heavy and quite genial Henry’s Dream, Let Love In is more accessible and full of more real songwriting quality.
Do You Love Me? is one of the groups best ever songs. Rumbling bass gives way to sheets of piano before the vocal mantra takes the centre stage. It is a song that will stay with most listeners. If you knew the song then left it alone for, say, 5 years, one will find themselves still mouthing the ‘Jingle / Jangle’ line.
Nobody’s Baby Now and the Bad Seeds come of age. Soft sounding with neat musicianship the vocal again dominates as it falls into near ballad territory.
Loverman lifts the album and takes it down a dark path with real ease. This is what Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds do and they do it well. The song hushes and rises with ridiculous ease. The track is layered and deep. I can only begin to imagine the depth of the song if listened to in an altered state.
Jangling Jack and the sound gets dirty and urgent. The album twists at right angles and every side of its parts sit outstandingly well. It’s hard to pick a favourite song already and the album nears classic LP territory.
Red Right Hand offers mysticism and gloomy bar sounding story glory. The track slowly crawls under your skin as it chimes and edges to the soul.
I Let Love In with its near spaghetti western vibe is the sound of triumph through self-reflection. Sparse waves of guitar and falling keys are reigned over by that supreme vocal style.
Thirsty Dog is a bit of a nod back to the bands earlier days. It is delivered in a fresh way and charges along with a near chant-a-long backing.
Ain’t Gonna Rain Anymore takes the pace down again. Steeped with mood the track slides by and glances at you with a knowing sneer.
Lay Me Low has a late night feel. Like a dark lullaby it pulls the listener in and speeds up without you even noticing. By the end of its 5 minute or so duration it has risen to rousing levels as the vocal gets increasingly frantic.
Do You Love Me? (Part 2) returns to the albums opening as the album goes full-circle. The guitar is more steely and sparse – the vocal colder and more eerie. It serves to underline what a great song it is as it repetitively nudges away.
The album peaked at Number 12 in the U.K. back in 1994 and the opening song reached Number 68. Then again, when the music is this timeless initial chart positions count for very, very little…