Nick Cave and Warren Ellis



Nick Cave and Warren Ellis “The Proposition” (Mute, 2006)

The soundtrack for the new film, which is co-written by Nick Cave, is as eclectic as anything the musician has ever written. Melancholy keyboards and minimalist violins play a tremendous part through out the composition. Cave dark tone vocal delivery is as moody as anything I have heard him do, but he tends to shy away on most of these pieces as they stand as traditional score material as opposed to the usual modern use of popular songs bought in by record labels. Not having seen the film yet, I can only deduce from the music that this is one true tear jerker. Cave dark tone vocal delivery is as moody as anything I have heard him do, but he tends to shy away on most of these pieces as they stand as traditional score material as opposed to the usual modern use of popular songs bought in by record labels. Not having seen the film yet, I can only deduce from the music that this is one true tearjerker. You own mood could easily be sucked into the stylistic atmosphere that is presented time and again amongst the sixteen tracks. Also included in the writing and production of these pieces is Warren Ellis, not to be confused with the comic book writer, of the Touch N Go band Dirty Three. The packaging does leave a little to be desired, as the digi-pack only features three images, no vocals, and even the liner notes leave a little to be desired. This is a pretty heavy piece of work, and I am sure there is more explanation behind this, movie aside. The back image is pretty tough though. Nick Cave fans will be instantly endeared by his work, as they usually are, and fans of the film I am sure will find a kindred feel to the music, while film score fans will find something a little more original and experimental than either the traditional score or traditional rock oriented soundtrack. Cave is an icon and it is because of projects like this. (CD) – Myk

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