Album #509 – Junkyard
The Birthday Party’s second and final album is pretty much summed up in the album cover. It is dark, sarcastic, ironic and at times surprising. Nick Cave, an amazing solo artist in his own right, sings lead vocals and his voice is a cross between screaming, Johnny Cash, Johnny Rotten and Mark E. Smith. It adds much dimension to the songs. The album was co-produced by Richard Mazda, known for his work for The Fall. I can’t really explain much of what was said on the album. The lyrics are indecipherable at times. The album is the Australian answer to the Cramps and the Gun Club. But, while I enjoyed the experience of listening to this album, nothing really stuck with me. I did appreciate the musical variety and the quality of Nick Cave’s voice but I was left scratching my head at the end. Maybe that was the whole point. Highlights include: Blast Off!, She’s Hit, Dead Joe, Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow), Kiss Me Black and Kewpie Doll. Overall, I give Junkyard, 4 out of 5.
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