Jubilee Street – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Push the sky away‘Jubilee Street’ echoes a man that has had a more than eventful life. Nick Cave has seen and done more than many people care to imagine, and the reflective, lamenting track echoes times in 80’s Berlin, rehab, and the ever-present self-worry that it all happened too fast, and the regrets we all hold secret. Recorded in France along with the rest of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 15th studio album Push The Sky Away, the strings coupled with Cave’s vocal styling’s are reminiscent of a tragic artist character, in amongst the dirt of dark alleyways and stained bedsheets.

The track could easily be criticised for best-fitting a film score rather than the single charts, with a string section and rippling cymbals that show evidence of Cave’s activities in the cinema and his dramatic literary styles. Despite this, this comparatively unplugged style that Cave has adopted tells of a darker, more vulnerable and subsequently hurt side of Nick Cave. Cave poignantly confesses, “I am beyond recriminations, the curtains are shut, the furniture is gone.” as an aching life sometimes wishing things had all fit together a bit more seamlessly.


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