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Nick Cave: A Dark, Intricate Songwriter

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Nick Cave: A Dark, Intricate Songwriter

Nick Cave: A Dark, Intricate Songwriter

Nick Cave: A Dark, Intricate Songwriter

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Read Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein's review of Nick Cave's Sept. 22 show at Portland's Crystal Ballroom.

Australian singer Nick Cave and and his band, the Bad Seeds, are best known for angry, twisted, ballad-like lyrics. Their 2008 album, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, was inspired, in part, by the Biblical story of Lazarus. It is Cave's 14th studio album.

In an article about Cave in Entertainment Weekly, Chris Nashawaty writes, "Over the years Cave's songwriting has become more intricate and challenging, almost literary in its ambitions. He's one of the few artists in rock & roll, or any medium, really, who's managed to get better with age."

This interview was originally broadcast on Apr. 28, 2008.

Nick Cave Digs Himself a Singular Niche

Nick Cave Digs Himself a Singular Niche

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Tracks from the Album

Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

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Today's Lesson

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Jesus of the Moon

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Nick Cave, leader of the band the Bad Seeds, has released his latest CD titled Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!. MJ Kim/Getty Images hide caption

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Love, violence, death and America have always been themes for Australian-born singer-composer Nick Cave — Murder Ballads and Abbatoir Blues are just two of his album titles — so he was perhaps a natural to compose the soundtrack for last year's epically paranoid Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Cave also wrote the screenplay and soundtrack for the Australian epic The Proposition, which Roger Ebert described as "pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from."

Cave appeared in Wim Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire, and he's written both plays and novels.

Now Cave has released a new CD with his band the Bad Seeds. The title? Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! The inspiration, he says, is the Biblical story of Lazarus' return from the grave.

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