The New Zealand Herald is already calling Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! an “early contender” for album of the year. Read story.
New Musical Express (February 21, 2008) gave it 8 out of 10 (finding fault with Nick’s reliance on the ‘familiar ranting preacher routine’). But I enjoyed this description:
Cave sings every line like a Batman villain, with a blend of high camp, wit and genuine menace. “I don’t know what it is but there’s definitely something going on upstairs!” he leers on the title track, eyebrow arched so highly you can be sure that he’s not talking about a loft conversion.
I confess I’m anxiously awaiting delivery of the newest album by NC&TBS. (We here in the states won’t see it until April 8th.) Thankfully, I’ve been able to hear the tracks on the band’s MySpace page. Whew. Dig, Lazarus has a groove thang going on. A gets-under-your-skin-like-fishhooks appeal. Meanwhile …
The other day, I took the plunge and finally ordered B-sides and Rarities, which should be here today. If you’re on a budget and wondering whether to purchase the 3-disc set, read some of the comments at the above link, or this 2005 review, and then decide. If you’re a hardcore Cave junkie, which I am, there’s no discussion. Unfortunately, until recently, I simply couldn’t afford it.
Be good, Cave Fiends,