Nick Cave’s music is an absolute bombing of conservative bourgeois values even while it creates an old-world conservation of its own. Humanism is as alien to him as the mercy of God. He displays the utmost fetishism for old imagery, rife with churches, the Old West, as well as Gothic and supernatural elements. The Boatman’s Call makes one think of a shanty sea town, perfect for a tale by HP Lovecraft or Mellville’s Moby Dick. It’s good stuff. Highly recommended if one like The Doors, doom and gloomy stuff or Billy Joel piano-playing. Check out his other albums with the Bad Seeds.