Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

"Dig!!! Lazurus Dig!!!" More than a dozen albums into his career, the cult hero delivers with one of his most aggressive, focused albums. Grammy possibilities: Probably not going to happen -- and definitely not in any major fields. OK, so it isn't going to happen, but one can dream, right? And it's worth noting that the album came out on Epitaph's imprint Anti-, a label that has done a solid job of snaring nominations for its artists (Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke). Yet depending on how -- or even if -- the album is submitted, a rock nomination or alternative nomination wouldn't be totally out of the question. Last year's alternative album field, for instance (Arcade Fire, Bjork, the Shins), was as adventurous as the Grammy voters have gotten, and Cave would fit in well in the category. Grammy deserving: No need to write in and point out the ridiculousness of putting Nick Cave in a blog post that's more or less about the Grammys (I'm aware). But it's a wonderfully smoldering, sarcastic record, and shows that a veteran artist can still pack quite a bit of fire.
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