Album: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2CD) (2004)
The double-album was well-received by critics. The mellower songs I enjoyed. However several of the tracks I find myself skipping over on my second run through. I suppose a double album was always going to be a bit inconsistent. Clocking in at 82 minutes, his longest release to date.
“O Children”, was featured in 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
“Yeah, praise Him a little bit more
Praise Him till you’ve forgotten
what you’re praising Him for”
“You searched through all my poets
From Sappho through to Auden
I saw the book fall from your hands
As you slowly died of boredom
I had been there, dear,
but I was not there anymore
I had been there, now I’m hiding all way”
“As the trees bend down their branches
And touch you with their fingertips”
“The moon is locked away”
“But they’ve ordered the moon not to shine”
“I was just a boy when I sat down
To watch the news on TV
I saw some ordinary slaughter
I saw some routine atrocity
My father said, don’t look away
You got to be strong, you got to be bold, now
He said, that in the end it is beauty
That is going to save the world, now”
Album: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Again strong lyrics, but very loud. Not a fan of the album.
Album: Push The Sky Away (2013)
His most recent album. The lyrics per usual are well-written, and I even got my parents into this release. Gone is the rockier sound of earlier recordings, and it feels more accessible to a wider audience than his darker albums. The quieter approach reminds me of The Boatman’s Call from the 90s, which I also love.
Push The Sky Away
We No Who U R