'The Boatman's Call', the tenth album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, was released in March 1997.
The album, which is entirely piano-based and a departure from the band's post-punk catalogue, remains one of the most critically acclaimed releases of Nick Cave's career.
The bulk of the album was recorded at Sarm West Studios in London, though further recordings, including overdubs, were later done at the famed Abbey Road Studios. Musically, the album is sombre and minimalist in mood. Cave's voice is mostly accompanied by piano and few other instruments.
Many of the lyrics seem to reflect on Cave's personal relationships and spiritual yearnings at the time of writing. Some songs are thought to be directed at either the mother of Cave's oldest son Luke, Viviane Carneiro (in "Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?") or PJ Harvey, with whom he had a brief relationship around that time (as referenced in "West Country Girl," "Black Hair" and "Green Eyes").
LP - SIDE A
- 1. Into My Arms
- 2. Lime-Tree Arbour
- 3. People Ain't No Good
- 4. Brompton Oratory
- 5. There Is A Kingdom
- 6. Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?
LP - SIDE B
- 1. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?
- 2. West Country Girl
- 3. Black Hair
- 4. Idiot Prayer
- 5. Far From Me
- 6. Green Eyes