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’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.