"The Secret Life of the Love Song" is not a traditional album. Nick Cave, one of the world's most brilliant and productive singers, songwriters and authors, was in 1998 asked to give a lecture at the Poetry Academy in Vienna. The subject he chose was the love song and a year later a less conservative version of that lecture was recorded in London. Through the use of roughly edited material, sounds of pages turning over and lighters being used, a certain intimacy has been captured. By anecdotes, reflections and self-knowledge, a wholeness, a totality is eventually spun together to an obvious bond between the loss of a father, God, and the love song.
Like interludes with relevance, Cave also performs, plainly but beautifully, a few of his own finest love songs. Even another, shorter lecture is included on the disc. "The Flesh Made Word" is read in 1996 and can also be found in Nick Cave's book "King Ink". It expresses, more profoundly, the relationship between him, his late father, and God. Still, as songs and lyrics indirectly can tell things about its creator, this CD does the same, although in another form. It even brings you a little bit closer to the complexity of mankind.