Grinderman: Grinderman

When most men hit their mid life crises they normally buy a Porsche or have an affair, Nick Cave’s answer seems to be to make a raw grunge album. The album consists of a harsh sonic attack of brutal edgy blues that must seem quite unpalatable to those brought up on boy bands and similar easy listening commercial filth. I think my favourite lyrics of the year come from the second track of the album “No Pussy Blues” which recants the tale of a girl he meets and invests a certain amount of time and effort into but alas she just “doesn’t want to”. Other highlight include “Depth Charge Ethel” and the excellent “Go Tell The Women” its main refrain of “Go Tell the Women we’re leaving” could be an anthem for Men’s Lib (if there is such a thing).