His first release on Heavenly Recordings, Baxter Dury continues his lo-fi pop forays with Prince of Tears. Dury’s fifth album is brimming with his usual downbeat musings on relationships and excess but this time includes an orchestral score which melds with Dury’s usual synth instrumentation to create a sublime album brimming with hints of Serge Gainsbourg but with a very English charm.
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So he's heard Sleaford Mods then....and his own dad.
'Prince of Tears' is like a grimy gritty take on his last (rather good) album 'It's a Pleasure' except he swears (a lot). Opener 'Miami' is the sort of track a knobbly knee'd teenager plays to his elders to try to show how grown up he is. He's probably just upset that his wife left him but it just leaves his music sounding like one of those 'live and uncut' DVD version of popular comedy shows that did the rounds in the '90s which were exactly the same as their broadcast versions except the word 'fuck' inserted awkwardly every other word.
Dury is much better at the sort of sweet on the surface but subtly sinister tracks that 'It's Your Pleasure' was full of and once we get his little strop over with the album starts to become pretty good. Both 'Mungo' and 'Listen' follow his tried and tested formula of his softly spoken word verses followed by lady-sung infectious chorus and by gum it works well. So well that all the best tracks here follow the formula. Nothing wrong with that. Guess who turns up on 'Almond Milk'? Big lad Jason Williamson who phones in a vocal which is so brief and inconsequential that you wonder what the point is.
Everywhere 'Prince of Tears' seems to be being regarded as the quintessential Dury record. I'm not convinced it is any better than his others. It has some great moments and the sound he comes up with is pretty unique (dad excluded) but like 'It's a Pleasure' before it there are plenty skippable moments amongst the inspired bits.
10/10 Ash R Customer review, 9th November 2017
A great album from Baxter Dury who sounds much like his dad. Miami, Oi and Almond Milk are the songs that caught me first. Almond Milk features Jason Williamson from the Sleaford Mods adding a bit of Nottingham to the mix. The other tracks soon grow on you.
Nice Miami blue coloured vinyl looks great on my deck!
I can't stop playing this album and you won't either!
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