Average Score: 80
[Bad Seed Ltd.]
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD90 Slant Magazine
90 Consequence Of Sound
Maybe it’s a harrowing account of obsession and insanity in the information age, or maybe it’s just Cave having a laugh. These “momentary fads” and “mystically-tinged absurdities” — they are sometimes one and the same.
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It's a risky conclusion to reach about an artist who's been recording music since the early 1970s, but in Push the Sky Away, an album of thrilling darkness pierced by moments of brilliant light, Cave may have crafted his defining statement.
________________________________________________________________________90 Tiny Mix Tapes
The album is scattered with bits about aging, memory, and obsession, shadows and light contrasts.
For all the album's wandering spirit, the first eight tracks on Push the Sky Away are neatly structured into two complementary, four-song halves that mirror one another.
________________________________________________________________________80 Under The Radar
80 No Ripcord
We know better than to call Push The Sky Away Nick Cave’s best album, but if you want a portrait of the artist, as an artist, the album qualifies as “essential” even by the strictest definition.
While nearly unshakeable in its bleakness, Push the Sky Away is another exemplary effort from the Bad Seeds, and the moodiest entry into the Nick Cave canon in over a decade.
The sonic sea change is deliberate; but historically, given their vastly musical nature, this more economical approach is jarring, though seductive.
________________________________________________________________________70 Pop Matters
Push the Sky Away is a flawed album, then, and an argument for the importance of flaws, an argument against “perfection” in a time when our celebrity culture and celebrity-driven news cycle seem to point to the idea that there is such a thing.
67 The A.V. Club
The disc might not need Mick Harvey to season it—but it needs someone, or something, to heat up what amounts to a package of Cave cold cuts.