If you were only ever to own one Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, 1988’s ‘Tender Prey’ might be the one to get. It has ‘The Mercy Seat’ on it, the defining statement of his early career and a peerless piece of modern songcraft; songs like ‘Deanna’ and ‘City Of Refuge’ are perhaps the finest examples of the deranged Elvis-preacher shtick Cave was on in the late 80s; with hindsight we can now see ‘Watching Alice’ as the first flush of the more abstract and impressionist style of songwriting Cave et al have been serving up in recent years. The record also kick-started a decade-long run in which Cave made classic album after classic album. Essential copage.
Vinyl LP £19.99 5414939710513
180g vinyl reissue LP on Mute.
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CD £10.99 5099996465523
2009 remaster CD + DVD set on Mute.
Vinyl Double LP £12.99 STUMM52
2LP on Mute.
10/10 Joel 21st September 2014
I am not a man who gives out 10/10's lightly (despite what me review history may suggest) but Tender Prey is one of those albums that is without a doubt a masterpiece. Tender Prey is a dark album, written in the late 80's when Nick Cave and about half of The Bad Seeds were struggling with a heroin addiction, but surprisingly easy to get into. Both the band and Nick himself are on fire on Tender Prey, with Nick Cave demonstrating his lyrical genius with every line and The Bad Seeds sounding unlike any other band in existence. Each song is catchy enough to get stuck in your head for weeks while the lyrics roll back and forth in your brain long enough to make you question your sanity. Plus, The Mercy Seat is on this album, which is probably the best song that anyone on planet Earth has ever written.
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