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Albums Of The Week: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | B-Sides & Rarities Part II

After 16 years, the dark-hearted troubadour and his mates return with another devastating compilation of grim reapers and grand weepers from the vaults.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsB-Sides & Rarities Part II — the followup to 2005’s B-Sides & Rarities — was compiled by Cave and bandmate Warren Ellis, and contains 27 rare and unreleased tracks from 2006-2020, including the first recordings of Skeleton Tree, Girl In Amber and Bright Horses.

“I always liked the original B-Sides & Rarities more than any of our other albums,” claims Cave. “It’s the only one I’d listen to willingly. It seems more relaxed, even a bit nonsensical in places, but with some beautiful songs throughout. There is something, too, about the smallness of certain songs that is closer to their original spirit.

“B-Sides & Rarities Part II continues this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from The Bad Seeds. I love the final side of the last disc because it reveals the small and fragile beginnings of some of my favourite Bad Seeds songs. Waiting For You, complete with bizarre ‘canning factory’ rhythm track, a gorgeous Life Per Se deemed too sad for Skeleton Tree, and Earthlings, that some consider the finest track of the Ghosteen sessions.”

One of the oldest previously unreleased cuts, Vortex was written and recorded in 2006 by Cave, Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. As the band were never able to define the song as either Grinderman or Bad Seeds, it remained unreleased until now.”