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CARNAGE

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

CARNAGE

Latest release from Cave and his Bad Seed bandmate Ellis is their first non-soundtrack as a duo

ADM rating[?]

8.6

Label
Goliath Records Ltd
UK Release date
26/02/2021
US Release date
26/02/2021
  1. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Provides solace amid communal catastrophe
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  2. 10.0 |   NME

    Cave and his Bad Seeds bandmate take an adventurous leap into the COVID era’s dark night of the soul with this surprise new record
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  3. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Blunt, hopeful and full of flesh and spirit
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  4. 10.0 |   The Observer

    The grief remains, but Cave’s hunger for retribution is back too, heightened at every turn by Ellis’s strings, on this wild, writerly masterpiece
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  5. 10.0 |   Mojo

    More than clashing sonics or soaring hymns or pervasive anxiety (and the quest to overcome it), the quality that best defines Carnage might be Cave's reckoning with the unknown, or his recognition of the unknowable

  6. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The longtime Bad Seeds seek out the light at the end of the tunnel on their new record
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  7. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    As lockdown stretches out eternal, the timing is perfect; once more through our lives, Nick Cave is one step ahead with the perfect music for now
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  8. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The longtime collaborators and Bad Seeds bandmates stretch themselves yet again, suggesting there may be no end to the inspiration they have up their sleeves
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  9. 9.0 |   DIY

    A jewel in the Cave-Ellis cannon
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  10. 9.0 |   Clash

    Everything feels poised, curated, and contoured, an album that expresses itself over eight tracks and no more; it’s succinct without leaning into brevity, a beautifully intense song cycle that thrives on the closeness of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
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  11. 9.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Carnage is racked with episodes of sustained beauty and stricken with a fragile sense of mortality, contentment and attachment, swirling around Ellis’s spidery soundscapes
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  12. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    You can chalk Carnage up as anything from a zeitgeist experiment to a flawed masterpiece, but there’s something precious and compassionate at its heart that I honestly believe will make the world a better place in its own peculiar way, beyond the scope of critical evaluation
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  13. 8.4 |   Spectrum Culture

    Even when we can't escape tragedy, Cave sees us through
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  14. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    One of Cave’s most maddeningly beautiful records
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  15. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    With Carnage, Cave and Ellis have successfully balanced introspection and self reflection with the tumult and confusion of the wider world. It’s a hugely powerful statemen
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  16. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Ellis and Cave prove their creative relationship is stronger than ever and use the last four songs to depict the hardships of the pandemic through beauty and refinement
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  17. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Nick Cave’s cinematic work with his bandmate Warren Ellis is a slight departure from last decade’s trilogy of albums. It’s defined by its stark contrasts, at turns brutal, surreal, and romantic
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  18. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Full of vast swings of emotion, strange shifts in reality, endless twists, and frustrating failures of momentum – an accurate reflection of the last year
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  19. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Cave’s rich writing and Ellis’s dense sounds form a reliably potent picture of locked-down end-times and the fantasy of redemption
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  20. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    To release a surprise album, you must have something pretty spectacular – we expect nothing less from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. As usual, these powerhouse musicians have pulled it off and created magic
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  21. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Carnage covers broader range than most of the Bad Seeds' recent records, cramming plenty of Cave's various stylings into a neat, eight-song package
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  22. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On their surprise album, two Bad Seeds confront loneliness, cabin fever, and white supremacy — while still showing a glint of optimism
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  23. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It’s a majestic pairing. Ellis’ contributions prove every bit as lyrical and compelling as Cave’s, much of the music here holding a hypnotic quality, capturing the circular days of a plague year, but enlivened by unexpected flickers of sound, detours, charges
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  24. 7.5 |   Gig Soup

    Carnage sees Nick Cave at his angriest and energized in years and backed with the supremely talented Warren Ellis makes for an album positively designed for a world exhausted by Coronavirus and protests
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