Half Notes: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – The Assassination of Jesse James (2008)

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by Mark Saleski

I came very, very late to the Nick Cave game. How late? 2004, and Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus. That album blew the top of my head clean off. I listened to almost nothing else for a couple of weeks, allowing the music to soak in deeply. In the back of my mind, I’m thinking that I’ve made a big mistake with too many Cave-less years. The next purchase was Murder Ballads. Yikes, this guy is scary good. Not that I’m trying to make up for lost time or anything, but I’ve got so much respect for Cave’s abilities that I took a chance on this soundtrack. It paid off, Cave and Bad Seeds/Grinderman cohort Warren Ellis provided terrific atmospherics for a film I’d never heard of.

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