I don't think I gave ol' Nick enough of a chance after the Good Son. Even though I loved the Train Song and did buy the 12" of the Ship Song just to get that track, I was pretty disappointed with most of that album. I just haven't heard anything that even comes close to the earlier stuff, i.e. From Her to Eternity, First Born Is Dead, Your Funeral My Trial, Tender Prey. Maybe Nick matured and I did not...
The atmosphere of his gigs changed after the Tender Prey Tour, it became less frenetic... somehow less dangerous. I think that played a role as well.
it seems he's found the demon inside again. with his new, molestached incarnation, he spews sex and fire and brimstone, and is running as far as he can from the boatman's call. this new style of delivery also really favors the dark narrative and spoken word pieces much more... so stagger lee, the carny, papa won't leave you henry, up jumped the devil and the like would fit perfectly in. he's also been really loading his setlists with material from the first ten years of the bad seeds. from her to eternity, saint huck, tupelo, hard on for love, the mercy seat and other assorted junk were all the standards of this past tour.