I posted my initial reaction to Nick Caves (brilliantly named) Ghosteen yesterday (here), essentially: where are the songs? Alyson Camus wrote a first review yesterday as well (here). BUUUUT, I’ve found myself returning to it, and I think ALyson is going through the same tug.
Though I am put off my the inundation of raves, even so, much like a much more cheerful (and, to be frank, better), Nick of yore, I don’t know what it is but there’s definitely something going on upstairs. My grade is up to a “B+” and rising, as I sink into its sweet moroseness and disquieting cold comfort, Alyson compared him to latter day David Bowie or Leonard Cohen, I would add Sufjan Stevens circa Carrie And Lowell and Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked At Me.
Bowie and Cohen are relatively lucky, they were essentially dealing with their own deaths, Nick is dealing with something that can’t really be dealt with, a horror with no escape, there is no Lazarus, there is no resurrected teen, there is only Ghosteen. And Nick, waiting for peace to come.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1986 (Volume 17, Number 9)
They’ve got me a bit wrong. I’m not completely chaste
Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 3-24-23 – 3-30-23 Reviewed
Gospel was in her blood
US Top Ten Singles Tracking 3-17-23 – 3-23-23
an armed and loaded female power track…
US Top Ten Albums Tracking 3-17-23 – 3-23-23
Morgan will be pulling off singles for at least the next year
Press Releases For March, Here Are The Artists
A cold and nonchalant delivery for a song that rocks hard
Going Steady: New Singles 3-24-23 – 3-30-23 Reviewed
essence of a certain American masculinity
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – February 1986 (Volume 17, Number 6)
the perceived threat to authority is more class-based than generational