22 November 220
Late July midnight crooner NICK CAVE played a solo live-streamed
concert inside the cavern of London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.
The recordings of the performance are out now out, titled
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace,
containing 22 songs; old and new ones.
Pitchfork: “Cave performed 22 career-spanning songs alone in a deserted concert
hall, reworking them into haunted piano sermons that glow with unnerving intimacy…
The result is a performance that exists in a strange hinterland, an album that’s unnervingly intimate yet flickers with the strange unreality of a dream. Idiot Prayer is as up-close and personal an encounter with Cave as there’s ever been. But a little mystery remains, always.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.
Nick Cave: “I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling
them to their essential forms – with an emphasis on the delivery of the words. I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage – whenever I could find the time. Then,
of course, the world went into lockdown. The Bad Seeds’ global 2020 tour was postponed. Studios shut down. Venues shut down. And the world fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence.”
Turn Up The Volume: Nick Cave‘s dramatic voice and just a piano, stripping his songs
to the bone feels so natural, so real, and also familiar because his gloomy vox was/is dominant on most of his records. He’s the crooner you want as a comforting companion for the midnight hours. Lockdown blues from start to finish.
Dim the lights…
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