20 April 2013

Grinderman - Grinderman

As I stated in the review of the second Grinderman album, if I have a midlife crisis I really, really, really hope it turns out to be as glorious as Grinderman.  They are just a manic bunch of men who are taking time away from their day job to see what it is like to get back in touch with their roots.  Recorded in the down time between the glorious Bad Seeds albums of "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus" and "Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!” the project came about as Nick Cave was writing more on the guitar which is not his most natural instrument.  This gave the work a more raw edge, more reminisce of his first major band 'The Birthday Party'.  Also the more stripped back feel of the album makes this more feral and like a preacher who has gone off the rails, the band just keep ploughing and by the deity is the results something to behold.

Now, whilst I will be the first to admit that this album does have slower moments (such as the majestic "(I Don't Need You To) Set Me Free" and the painfully beautiful "Man In The Moon"), the band just knows how to tug the heart strings, after all the Bad Seeds are known to have a few heart breakers in their repertoire.  There is an almost punk element to this album as well, the number are all very short, never out stay their welcome and sometimes (as in the case of the album's best track "Honey Bee (Let's Fly To Mars)") you really wish that the songs would hang about for a bit longer.

When the album ends after the beautiful "Love Bomb" I always wish that there was more here, but that is what also makes this record an almost perfect release.  It leave you wanting more, it is not meant to be an exercise in getting what you want - this is an exercise in proving that you can still go toe to toe with your younger self and also showing what you have learnt along the way.  There is times when this album does what it does best when it is at its most fragile, but then you have the moments when it is the guy in the pub trying to take everyone on.  When the beginning of "love Bomb" starts and its swirling vortex of sounds and melodies I just get blown away, I love this album, sometimes a bit more than their day job in the Bad Seeds. Shame they have not done more with it and maybe in a few years there will be a Grinderman 3.

9.5 out of ten - Almost perfect...almost
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