Live from KCRW

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Live from KCRW
A man sits on a chair against a black stone wall amid cases of musical equipment. Above, white block text reads "Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds" and red block text reads "Live from KCRW".
Live album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Released 29 November 2013 (2013-11-29)
Recorded 18 April 2013 (2013-04-18) at Apogee Studio in Los Angeles, California, US
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:15
Label Bad Seed Ltd
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
Push the Sky Away
(2013)
Live from KCRW
(2013)

Live from KCRW is the fourth live album by the Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It was released on 29 November 2013 on Bad Seed Ltd. The album features a live radio session recorded for KCRW on 18 April 2013 at Apogee Studio in Los Angeles, California, United States. The session, which featured a stripped-down line-up performing songs from the band's back catalogue and their most recent release, Push the Sky Away (2013), was recorded by Bob Clearmountain.[1]

Live from KCRW was released on CD and double LP, as well as a digital download. The album will be rereleased in a forthcoming digital deluxe bundle of Push the Sky Away. The double LP features two exclusive tracks, "Into My Arms" and "God is in the House", which were excluded from previous radio broadcasts of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' KCRW session.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[6]
Exclaim! 8/10[7]
The Observer 3/5 stars[8]
The Quietus Positive[9]
Pitchfork Media 7.8/10[10]

Upon its release, Live from KCRW received largely positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4] AllMusic reviewer Mark Deming noted that the Bad Seeds were "calling up a palette of sounds that range from the spectral to the majestic, and as they accompany [Nick] Cave on a set of his more contemplative material" and called the material "impressive, especially given the one-take nature of the recording." He rated the album three-and-a-half out of five stars.[5] Writing for Drowned in Sound, Matthew Slaughter described how "Cave the balladeer remains a beast, but a beautiful one … every quiver and every declamation reaches deep inside the ear drum, then rests there." Slaughter added that "it's easy to savour Warren Ellis' tenor guitar scrapes, Jim Sclavunos' simple, effective percussion, Martyn Casey's precise, humming bass and Barry Adamson's ominous organ … as they punctuate the often confused poetry", awarding the album an eight out of ten rating.[6]

In his review for Exclaim!, Vish Khanna said "here [the band] strip down to play mellower fare. That's not to say it's not intense or pensive in its own right; Cave is a master of phrasing and knows how to enhance the suspense and drama in his carefully written lyrics", rating Live from KCRW eight out of ten.[7] Kitty Empire of The Observer wrote that the album "isn't some rip-snorting gallop through perdition, setting Grinch-ish fire to fir trees … it's a classy, dialled-down performance". Awarding the album three out of five stars, Empire selected "Higgs Boson Blues" as Live from KCRW's highlight, referring to it as "a meditation on matters temporal" and "even more spacious here than on [Push the Sky Away]."[8]

A positive review in The Quietus, penned by Julian Marszalek, noted that Live from KCRW "is a fine declaration of where the Bad Seeds are in the here and now … they sound as comfortable in their music as they do the fine suits they wear." Marszalek added that Warren Ellis "has taken the position of Minister of Sinister Noises and his mastery of four-stringed instruments and loops has made an indelible impact on the band", calling his contributions the "breadth of sound that now defines the Bad Seeds."[9] Writing for Pitchfork Media, Stuart Berman referred to the album as "something of a wild card" among the band's other live albums, further explaining it is "distinguished not just by its loose, casual vibe … but by its welcome variations from the standard Bad Seeds script with a healthy selection of deep cuts that don't get aired out that often."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nick Cave unless otherwise noted. 

CD release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Higgs Boson Blues"   Cave, Warren Ellis 8:46
2. "Far from Me"     5:27
3. "Stranger Than Kindness"   Anita Lane, Blixa Bargeld 4:53
4. "The Mercy Seat"   Cave, Mick Harvey 5:11
5. "And No More Shall We Part"     3:51
6. "Wide Lovely Eyes"   Cave, Ellis 4:13
7. "Mermaids"   Cave, Ellis 5:23
8. "People Ain't No Good"     5:18
9. "Push the Sky Away"   Cave, Ellis 4:46
10. "Jack the Ripper"     4:28
Total length:
52:15
Double LP release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Higgs Boson Blues"   Cave, Ellis 8:46
2. "Far from Me"     5:27
3. "Stranger Than Kindness"   Lane, Bargeld 4:53
4. "The Mercy Seat"   Cave, Harvey 5:11
5. "And No More Shall We Part"     3:51
6. "Wide Lovely Eyes"   Cave, Ellis 4:13
7. "Mermaids"   Cave, Ellis 5:23
8. "People Ain't No Good"     5:18
9. "Into My Arms"     3:48
10. "God is in the House"     4:26
11. "Push the Sky Away"   Cave, Ellis 4:46
12. "Jack the Ripper"     4:28
Total length:
60:29

Personnel[edit]

All personnel credits adapted from Live from KCRW's liner notes.[11]

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Technical personnel
Design personnel
  • Tom Hingston Studio – artwork
  • Larry Hirshowitz – photography
  • Andrew Whitton – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Austrian Ö3 Albums Chart[12] 24
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[13] 21
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[14] 65
Danish Albums Chart[15] 29
Dutch Albums Chart[16] 46
French SNEP Albums Chart[17] 107
German Albums Chart[18] 51
Irish Albums Chart[19] 77
Irish Independent Albums Chart[20] 10
Swiss Hitparade Albums Chart[21] 61
UK Independent Albums Chart[22] 5
US Billboard Independent Albums[23] 41

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog
United States[1] 29 November 2013 2×LP, CD, digital download Bad Seed Ltd BS006
Worldwide[1] 2 December 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Live from KCRW album announced". Nick Cave. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ McGovern, Kyle (22 October 2013). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Plot Live Album for Black Friday 2013". Spin. Spin Media. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Coplan, Chris (22 October 2013). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce new live album". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Live from KCRW: Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Live from KCRW – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Slaughter, Matthew (26 November 2013). "Album Review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Silentway. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Khanna, Vish (3 December 2013). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW • Pop & Rock Reviews". Exclaim!. 1059434 Ontario. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Empire, Kitty (1 December 2013). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Live from KCRW; Goat: Live Ballroom Ritual – review | Music". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Marszalek, Julian (3 December 2013). "Reviews | Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Live from KCRW". The Quietus. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Berman, Stuart (3 December 2013). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Live from KCRW | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Live from KCRW (Album notes). Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Bad Seed Ltd. 2013. BSCD006. 
  12. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW". austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Album – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Live from KCRW". Media Control Charts (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Top 100 Artist Albums, Week Ending 5 December 2013". Chart-Track. GfK. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Top 10 Independent Artist Albums, Week Ending 5 December 2013". Chart-Track. GfK. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live from KCRW". Hitparade (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "2013-12-14 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Live from KCRW – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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