Belated Best of ’10: Grinderman

I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in ’11. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today, say hello to Nick Cave’s prickly Grinderman.

Grinderman 2With his other band Grinderman, Nick Cave lets his caustic guitar freak flag fly, marrying his dark lyricism to wild, unrestrained, primal rock n’ roll. Grinderman 2 is loaded with ferocious songs like “Evil” and the slithering “Heathen Child,” but then, strangely, near the end of the album, he lets loose this song, “Palaces of Montezuma,” brimming with romance and anthemic balladry. It’s sonically out of place, but astonishingly great:

So the Grinderman version of romance is still a little warped (“The spinal cord of JFK/Wrapped in Marilyn Monroe’s negligee/I give to you”), but that doesn’t distract from the engrossing melody and moving chorus. A great, great song and an instant standout in Cave’s potent canon.

Head to Amazon MP3 and give Grinderman 2 a try.

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