It’s no secret that Nick Cave isn’t a particularly prolific songwriter, so the notion of his completing a new album with the Bad Seeds so soon after his Grinderman project was more cause for concern than for celebration.
The Bad Seeds have been together for so long that they tend to revert to familiar structures and grooves, and Cave used up a number of the more creative song ideas for the Grinderman recording. It’s not surprising, then, that a number of the tunes on Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! sound familiar. Besides the ones that sound like rewrites of Iggy Pop and Leonard Cohen rewrites, Cave and crew aren’t above recycling their own work – More News From Nowhere is just a riff on Deanna. This probably isn’t all that troubling to Bad Seeds fans, for whom more of the same is a welcome prospect. Listen for yourself on their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/nickcaveandthebadseeds.