Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace

Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace
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Based on 7 reviews
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July 23, 2020 / Release Date
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Bad Seed Ltd. and Ros & Lawrence Ltd. / Label
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The Observer

For all the elaborate staging and the high-end production, it is Cave’s commanding presence as a performer that compels. Throughout, his extraordinarily expressive face is a measure of his immersion in these old and new songs.

Without crowds, chatter and the mess of thousands of human bodies all bumping up against each other, it’s possible to focus purely on Cave’s devastating lyricism: religion, death and romance all getting their chance to shine in the golden and purple lights that softly illuminate the room.
The Guardian

Ultimately ... Cave stands up and walks away and we all click off. Idiot Prayer is over, and it is beautiful, but in the way of an object to admire from the outside because it’s too polished to crack open and crawl inside.

The Telegraph
To surrender to his quietly devastating performance offers a mesmeric and emotionally cathartic experience.
The Independent
Let’s be clear: this is no substitute for a Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds gig, with its riotous swagger and the faintly ludicrous spectacle of a sixtysomething man spouting fire and brimstone in a shirt split to the navel. By contrast, this is stately and beautiful, a strange and quietly impassioned showcase for a truly remarkable body of work.
The Arts Desk
Cave is known for his showmanship, and although he is necessarily curtailed by circumstance, the dramatic minimalism of this setting is perfect for an expressive face, and such powerfully emotional songs.
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Track List

  1. Idiot Prayer
  2. Sad Waters
  3. Brompton Oratory
  4. Palaces of Montezuma
  5. Girl in Amber
  6. Man in the Moon
  7. Nobody's Baby Now
  8. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?
  9. Waiting for You
  10. The Mercy Seat
  11. Euthanasia
  12. Jubilee Street
  13. Far From Me
  14. He Wants You
  15. Higgs Boson Blues
  16. Stranger Than Kindness
  17. Into My Arms
  18. The Ship Song
  19. Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
  20. Black Hair
  21. Galleon Ship
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Added on: July 29, 2020