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Cave so deep but sweet; NICK CAVE, QUEEN'S HALL, EDINBURGH.

For a man often credited as the gloomy godfather of goth, Nick Cave seemed surprisingly chirpy in this week's Edinburgh shows.

He laughed and quipped in a way totally at odds with his ferocious reputation.

Apart from a brief duet with Kylie Minogue at T In The Park three years ago, this was the first time Cave has performed in Scotland since he appeared at the Edinburgh Book Festival in 1989 to promote his debut novel, And The Ass Saw The Angel.

Cave used to be almost as infamous for the unpredictability wild nature of his shows and heroin habit as he was for his songs, but the last few years have seen his personal life calm down and his songs mature.

Suavely dressed in one of his trademark black suits, Cave started his gig with Into My Arms, the opening track from his latest best- selling album The Boatman's Call.

Seated at a huge, black grand piano and accompanied by one violinist, Cave gave a fantastic rendition of the love song.

He then did a reading from The Flesh Made Word, an essay he wrote for BBC Radio. It's a piece which explained his life- long love of words and went some way to explaining who Nick Cave is and why his work is so dark. For a man as private as Cave, this was as close as his fans will get to reading his diaries.

Back at the piano, Cave concentrated on new material. It turned into quite a romantic affair. Love Letter was a simple and moving track that had couples moving closer and giving each other a little cuddle.

Things took more of a typically gruesome turn when Cave sang old favourite The Mercy Seat, a frightening tale of death and revenge told by a man who faces the electric chair.

This was the exception tin an all-too short set of love songs as deep and strong as Cave's voice.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Trew, Jonathan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 28, 1998
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