The Bad Seeds strut their stuff on Magneto, which is expertly layered, with an acoustic guitar adding an ethereal element that stands out nicely against, and softens, the darker tones surrounding it. Grief is placed in the real world of the everyday on I Need You and Girl In Amber, two songs that feel the most directly related to the death of Cave’s son. The album suffers a burst of energy – albeit anxious energy – with the cacophonous, arrhythmic loops of Anthrocene, which fall in and out of sync with each other in an oddly compelling manner. It is all rather fitting given the song is named for the current geological epoch; shaped and dominated by humanities hand, although in that context the single, crystalline piano chord that resolves the song takes on a rather ominous tone.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 22nd September 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.