Hollowed out by the catharsis of 1997’s The Boatman’s Call, Nick Cave rested his pen for a while. Just over four years would pass before another Bad Seeds long-player saw the light of day. The wait was worth it. No More Shall We Part hasn’t the acute heartache of its immediate predecessor, the fire of Tender Prey, or the drama of Murder Ballads; but it is possibly the band’s most beautiful record, its enveloping melancholy immediately touching. Warren Ellis’ violin work is more pronounced than in the past, allowed to slow-dance above the muted guitars and percussion, and Cave’s plaintive piano strokes lend the set a real tenderness.