5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!! (Anti-)
Influenced by the stripped-down rock of Cave and company’s 2007 Grinderman project, and inspired by both the biblical story of Lazurus as well as Harry Houdini, (whom Cave dubs as the world’s first- and second- greatest escape artists, respectively), Dig… finds a modernized “Larry” sprung back to life in the seamy underworld of 1970s New York City.
Each expertly crafted, hook-driven song provides vivid imagery to add to the story. “Today’s Lesson,” “Lie Down Here (And Be My Girl),” and “Midnight Man” are particular highlights.