Welcome to Dissected, where we disassemble a band’s catalog, a director’s filmography, or some other critical pop-culture collection in the abstract. It’s exact science by way of a few beers. This time, we sort through the best and worst of the Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer, and occasional film actor.
The man, the myth, the legend. There are few that truly deserve that old cliche, though Nick Cave is an exception to the rule. He’s a man’s man – if you’re looking for music to drink whiskey to, Cave has it in droves. He’s a mythical creature, rarely granting interviews and shying away from every hint of expanding his fame, and consequently he’s become a modern legend. Even in his mid-50s, each new release is anticipated with exuberance from his rabid fanbase. People travel across the country to see him when he tours, even when it’s with a side project.
Cave has had one hell of a career. From a small time punk in Australia in the ’70s, to his current status as one of the most well respected artists on the planet. Over 30 years, he’s had three bands (The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds, Grinderman), recorded 18 studio albums, and written four film scores — that’s just his music career, too. He’s also a celebrated novelist, screenwriter, and actor. He’s accomplished more than most artists could ever dream.
Now, because he’s been at it for such a long time, it could be overwhelming to just jump into the man’s discography feet first. That’s where we come in. We’ve dissected each and every studio album Cave has created, and compiled it all right here just for you. Given the latest reissues of Cave’s work, now is the perfect time to read our take before you check the albums out for yourself.
Ladies and gentlemen: Nick Cave.
Senior Staff Writer