9/10 Jack Customer review, 5th March 2018
Although it's not as wild and frenetic as From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead is a more focused effort featuring better overall playing from Cave & The Bad Seeds, and stronger songwriting. Drawing particularly on the deep well of American blues and folklore for this album, rather than Goth obsessions, Cave here has an album that is a bit different, lyrically and musically, from anything else in his catalog. The production is so sparse it's agonising at times, but that's the beauty of the record; its dark, miserable simplicity.
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