Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES Songs of Love and Hate

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES Songs of Love and Hate

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As Sunday night's storm clouds gathered, one of rock's great polymath-storytellers whipped up a tempest of his own on the stage of the Hammersmith Apollo with the help of his six compadres.

Sharp-suited and spivvy, Nick Cave howled and crooned his way through songs of death, sex, savagery and deviancy interspersed with love ballads of exquisite tenderness.

Almost as mesmerising as the man in black was Warren Ellis, a Bad Seed of long standing, who thrashed the living daylights out of his violin like a demented Rumpelstiltskin.

Periods of finely calibrated restraint were punctuated by spasms of all-hell-breaking-loose.

Alone among that generation of rock stars who emerged in the early 1980s, Cave has continued to produce work of sustained variety and brilliance. …

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