Some people argue, with quite solid reasons, the Bad Seeds are not among bands as categorized charismatic and explosive; they are stripping down for a softer play. It does not mean they have lost the intensive and heat packed theme. The thing is Cave always knows what brings more fun and entertainment to the songs and music. He is the master of coming up with awesome phrases and can always come up with suspense in his songs. He chooses the lyrics carefully and writes them well.
This time, there is a different sort of set list. It draws a bit from their recent album and then from their entire previous catalogue. There are songs with longer duration and each song has been drawn more patiently. The existing fan base is taken into consideration more than trying to attract new people to the fan base. Seems like they will be taking more interest in the loyal fans this time!
Live from KCRW is the fourth live album by Bad Seeds. It was recorded in April of this year. It can be considered their most elegantly worked album up till now. In this album, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Martyn Casey and Barry Adamson have chosen to avoid the lots of intimidating stuff and keep close to a relatively simpler level.
The Bad Seeds and front man Nick Cave are very sensible. They take into account all the factors that may affect their work and their career. They are not the type of band to just keep coming up with random stuff to cash in at any event! Same is the case with this latest release. They have very carefully put together this live album. The great thing about this album is, although, they have drawn bits from older albums, they have put them so nicely with the new work; it seems like all brand new material. The strategy they have employed is way better than rehashing the same old music again and again.
Neglecting the applause and the audience response now and again, you can never tell it is actually a live album since there is nothing that makes it similar to our traditional live albums. The audience is a bit loud, but whenever you hear them, you hear them loving the music and being amused by the band, so it never affects the quality of their work and performance. They have focused more on the material that they have, which makes them a better live album band than many others. Other bands often end up looking for creative spin during the performance, which gets awkward at times. Still, the album is cool as it includes the intimacy and excitement only a live album features. It incorporates all the feelings and emotions of the band members, as well as, the audience without any editing or cutting.
The band has the stripped back performances, which fans love. The stripped performance is a part of their style, not a gimmick or tool used to set their album apart. Rather, it is the album that emphasizes how great a technique could be, if used properly. In the Unplugged version, rather than professional singers, it seems like they are a group of amateurs who are amusing people with their overflowing talent. When they perform live, especially the cuts from their previous songs, the different sounds such as breaths of the vocalist etc. get recorded as well, which impact the performance. The Bad Seeds had such an interesting recording that one can’t avoid applauding them.