Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone

This week’s big musical event is arguably the release of the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Skeleton Tree out on September 9 and its accompanying film One More Time With Feeling released the day before as a one-night-only event on select theaters around the world.

Less than a week ago a single was released called Jesus Alone. A brooding track, filled with a feverish, buzzing guitar, pensive piano and a string section.

“You believe in god, but you get no special dispensation for this belief now”, Nick sings, and continues “You’re a distant memory in the mind of your creator, don’t you see?”, sounding like someone whose God, what- or whoever that may be, has abandoned him. And following the death of Nick’s teenage son last year, these feelings and ideas are very easy to understand. He touches upon this in the trailer released in August.  ”What happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic that you just change?”, he asks. ”You change from the known person to an unknown person. So that when you look at yourself in the mirror, you recognize the person that you were, but the person inside the skin is a different person.”

To me, this is easily one of the very best songs of the year, and it bodes extremely well for the album.

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