Here’s a review of Nick Cave’s album “Ghosteen” that has a left-handed conclusion.
On one level, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s as good as it is: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have been in a career-high purple patch since the last double album they released, 2004’s Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. Nevertheless, listening to Ghosteen, it’s very hard indeed not to be taken aback.
(Alexis Petridis, “Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds — the most beautiful songs he has ever recorded,” theguardian.com, 10-3-19)
After glowing, the prose skids for a moment before the verdict lands — ambiguously positive, oddly reticent, concessive more than celebratory: The reviewer is hard put not to be taken aback by, or at, his very surprise over the unsurprising goodness of a band that has been surprisingly good all along.
(c) 2019 JMN