Better Than: Happiness.
About halfway through his band's set on Saturday night, Nick Cave took a moment. He'd just finished a roaring rendition of "From Her to Eternity," the thumping, chaotic song from the Bad Seeds 1984 debut album of the same name. This was the Australian's final evening at the Beacon Theatre, finishing a three-night stay full of violent, jazz-tinged orchestral renditions of the band's entire repertoire. Backed by Sharon Van Etten (who opened) and Shilpa Ray, a string ensemble, and the Harlem Voices (a children's choir), the musician spent the previous 45 minutes bouncing around the stage, gliding back and forth like modern day vampire. Then the eccentric singer paused at center stage. He pointed at someone in the front row.More »