Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen review his most beautiful songs

Caves voice is richer than ever on this stunning double album that sets desperation against empathy and faith Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 18th album was casually announced, a week before its release, in answer to an online query from a fan on Caves His most recent tour was effectively its live incarnation, based around an audience Q&A, conducted without a moderator. Anyone who has attended an artist Q&A where a particularly banzai fan has ended up in possession of the microphone knows what a bold high-wire act that is. The accidental death of Warren Elliss tape loops and electronics replaced by warm analogue synthesiser that gives proceedings a faintly proggy feel. Indeed, Ghosteen occasionally feels like an infinitely …

The ultimate summer playlist: 21 golden tracks chosen by 21 artists

What makes the perfect summer song? We asked 21 musicians to share their all-time favourite sunshine track Jimi Hendrix: Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland), 1968 Chosen byDave Stewart (Eurythmics) I was 16 in 1968 when Jimi Hendrix came out with Patrice Rushen: Number One, 1982 Chosen byRisn Murphy Music sounds and feels different outside in nature than it does in a room. In the summer I do a lot of walking outdoors with music: I do a dancercise thing, where I sort of dance along the path. I skip along, at a sort of walking groove, listening to this song. Its wonderful. Its got one of the all-time great intros from any track ever. The whole band is …