Nor­mal­ly I write Song of the Day a few days ahead, and to­day I woke up on Valentine’s day and re­al­ized that day’s “song” was sym­phon­ic stuff by Brahm­s, which is great but not per­haps the Lan­guage Of Love. To make up for that, I’ll send you all along a Hap­py Valentine’s for a few days back with a song that’s about noth­ing but love, by Nick Cave.

Nick Cave

Nick’s re­leased a lot of good mu­sic over the years; this is off (stick­ing with the V-Day the­me) Let Love In. It might be the al­bum high­light but there are oth­er gems too. Al­so, Do You Love Me ap­pears twice, with a Part 2, which is en­joy­able but I don’t think adds much. [Up­date: But, see the first com­ment be­low.] Any­how, it’s a beautifully-architected song, with ver­bal, melod­ic, and guitar-riff hooks all mixed up taste­ful­ly, more than the sum of their part­s.

There is con­tro­ver­sy. I’ve nev­er seen any #MeToo sto­ries about him, but he’s cer­tain­ly pissed off a few ar­tic­u­late wom­en over the years. I think they have a point, and I’d like to hear him say some­thing grown-up on the sub­jec­t.

If you want some more on Nick, I wrote a a re­view of a 2014 con­cert with a cou­ple of in­ter­est­ing pic­tures too.

Hap­py Valentine’s!

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, Spo­ti­fy, iTunes; very de­cent live video.


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From: Michael (Feb 18 2018, at 02:38)

These are absolutely beautiful, haunting songs from one of, if not the, best Nick Cave albums, but...

part 1 is about an abusive marriage told from the point of view of the abuser. One can be forgiven for reading it otherwise, but then...

part 2 is explicitly about child abuse told from the point of view of the abused child (as remembered when he's an adult), and it's implied that that child abuse in part 2 is what led him to be an abuser as an adult in part 1.

Maybe the line "I don't think adds much" in ref to part 2 should tip me off that you're being sarcastic? I read some of your other SotDs and don't see any clear pattern of such, or that you'd expect all of your readers to be in on it if so.

Anyway, I'm sorry if this comes across as negative. I've read and enjoyed your blog for many years, and while I rarely comment on any blog, this seemed appropriate to point out. I hope I didn't misjudge.

I heartily recommend these songs and this album to everybody with a heart, soul, and brain... just not as Valentine's Day love songs.


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