Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record Remastered + Digital Download

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Tender Prey is the fifth studio album by Australian rock band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in September 1988 via Mute Records.

The Seeds produced their strongest album yet, with the insanely powerful, gripping Tender Prey. Rather than simply redoing what they'd already done, Nick Cave and company took their striking musical fusions to deeper and higher levels all around, with fantastic consequences.

The album boldly starts out with an undisputed Cave masterpiece - "The Mercy Seat", a chilling self-portrait of a prisoner about to be executed that compares the electric chair with the throne of God. Queasy strings and spectral piano snake through a rising roar of electric sound - a common musical approach from many earlier Seeds songs, but never so gut-wrenching as here. Cave's own performance is the perfect icing on the cake, commanding and powerful, excellently capturing the blend of crazed fear and righteousness in the lyrics.

Matching that high point is near impossible for anything else on Tender Prey, but more than enough highlights take a bow that demonstrates the album's quality. "Deanna" is another great blast from the Seeds, a garage rock-style rave-up that lyrically is everything Natural Born Killers tried to be, but failed at - killing sprees, Cadillacs, and carrying out the work of the Lord, however atypically.

The echoing, gentle-yet-rough sonics on the Blind Willie Johnson-inspired "City Of Refuge" and the gentler drama of "Sugar Sugar Sugar" also do well in keeping the energy level up. On the quieter side, Cave indulges his penchant for gloomy piano-led ballads throughout, and quite well at that, with such songs as "Watching Alice", "Mercy", and the end-of-the-evening singalong "New Morning". "Sunday's Slave" has a beautifully brooding feeling to it thanks to the combination of acoustic guitar and piano, making it a bit of a cousin of Scott Walker's "Seventh Seal."

Tender Prey is a rough album, and was incredibly difficult to write according to the band, but it’s one of the most convincing documents of the Bad Seeds early years, a regular fan favourite which is often claimed to be their best album.

Check out the tracks: “The Mercy Seat”; and “Deanna”.

This LP was pressed in Europe with Remastered Audio on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, reproduced artwork and digital download.

(5414939710513)

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

The Mercy Seat

7:17

A2

Up Jumped The Devil

5:16

A3

Deanna

3:45

A4

Watching Alice

4:01

A5

Mercy

6:22

B1

City Of Refuge

4:48

B2

Slowly Goes The Night

5:23

B3

Sunday’s Slave

3:40

B4

Sugar Sugar Sugar

5:01

B5

New Morning

3:46

SKU 5414939710513
Record Label Mute
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number LPSEEDS5
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 09 January 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 19 September 1988
Barcode # 5414939710513
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code, Reissue, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Genre New Wave
Genre Alternative Rock
Format VINYL LP

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