#5 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Skeleton Tree” – Top 10 Albums of 2016

His first album of new music since the tragic loss of his teenage son, this is a deeply, deeply moving record. Everything about the music here feels entirely devoid of affectation, completely lacking any sense of posturing or bravado whatsoever. This is a humbling, honest and frightfully brave record, both as stark as it is beautiful. Cave has reached down deep as far as a person can go to gather up the unmistakable strength and courage neccessary to make this record and the solemnly cathartic music it beholds.
Key tracks: all 8 of them

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