Nick Cave's Murder Ballads On The Way

Obsessed with death at the moment. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

The new Nick Cave album, titled Murder Ballads will

be released on February 20. The album, which was produced by Cave, Tony Cohen

and Victor Van Vugt, is sure to cause a sensation for the rather extreme sex

and violence described in some of the songs. One source told us that execs at

Reprise, the label releasing the album, were talking about putting a parental

advisory label on it. Oh well. Every song on the album is actually a murder

ballad. The first single is "Where The Wild Roses Grow," which is a duet with

Kylie Minogue that was a hit in Europe last year. The last track on the album

is called "Death Is Not The End" and it features vocals by Henry Rollins, Shane

MacGowan and P. J. Harvey, as well as Cave himself. Cave will be in the U. S.

to talk to the media, but there is no tour planned at present.