Henry's Dream Australian cult rocker, novelist, and recovering junkie Nick Cave has long been the stuff of legend. But his music — lugubrious, dressed-in-black postpunk — hasn't… Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Rock
Music Review

Henry's Dream

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; Genre: Rock

Australian cult rocker, novelist, and recovering junkie Nick Cave has long been the stuff of legend. But his music — lugubrious, dressed-in-black postpunk — hasn't always lived up to the myth. That's all changed on his terrific seventh album, Henry's Dream, which sets Cave's deep, dolorous voice and scab-picking lyrics (''I counted all my blessings/And I counted only one'') to windswept, tote- that-barge arrangements. If galley slaves conducted sing-alongs, complete with lush accompaniment, it would sound like this. Cave even offers up a lovely ballad (''Straight to You'') amidst his usual moralistic story-songs. Old fans may be dismayed by Cave's bid at accessibility, but to everyone else Henry's Dream may finally demonstrate what the fuss is all about.

Originally posted May 08, 1992 Published in issue #117 May 08, 1992 Order article reprints