Monday, November 28, 2011
MICK HARVEY / Sketches From The Book Of The Dead 
After a breaking all ties with Nick Cave in a bitter split, former Birthday Party and Bad Seeds member, Mick Harvey finally releases his first full solo album of original material.
Sketches From The Book Of The Dead is solemn collection of dreary ballads that tell of loved ones long gone and the places that evoke their memories. After working with Cave for over 30 years, it's impossible to step out of his shadow in a musical sense and the influence is very evident in Harvey's songwriting.
While each song has beautiful textures and mood, not all of it is memorable enough to really stand on it's own for a complete album. Still well worth checking out if you're a fan of his Cave compositions.
3 denials into Heaven out of 5
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