Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
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Based on 4 reviews
1988 Ratings: #30 / 127
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Based on 183 ratings
1988 Ratings: #12
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September 19, 1988 / Release Date
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Post-Punk / Genres
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I have always liked Nick Cave, but this was the album that made me fall in love with his music. Such an eerie listen that always leaves me speechless.

After appearing in Wim Wenders' movie, ''Der Himmel über Berlin'', Nick Cave continues his brilliant and tormented discography. Tired of the new orientation that abandoned punk, Barry Adamson left the band to join Iggy Pop, and was replaced by Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club and The ... read more
"Tender Prey" is a less chaotic effort than "Your Funeral... My Trial", but it's also no less haunting. The lyrics are as poetic as ever, Nick Cave's vocals are manic as hell and the rock instrumentation is top-notch. Overall, Nick Cave and his band are continuing to put out some of the early underground's best rock projects.

Fav Tracks: The Mercy Seat, City of Refuge, Deanna, Up Jumped the Devil, Mercy, Sunday's Slave, Watching Alice

Least Fav Track: Sugar Sugar ... read more
Nick Cave's Tender Prey builds upon the more rock-oriented sound of Your Funeral... My Trial which I loved for the more developed and engaging gothic sound it brought to the table, and somehow creates an album even more enthralling and adventurous. This album has a higher focus on Nick's eccentric and haunting vocals, which really hooked me in from the beginning with the absolute masterpiece that is The Mercy Seat.

Sorry, can I just talk about this track for a second? It is FANTASTIC. The way ... read more
A more rock oriented piece in Cave and the Seeds discography. As anthemic and powerful as some of the choruses on these post-punk cuts may be, it'd be a bit much to compare this collection of straight-forward, linear rock songs with some of the man's most poetic and experimental works (even though this is often pointed as one of his best, curiously).

In essence, "Tender Pray" follows the same formulas and patterns as other Nick Cave records from the 80s, but what sets it apart from the others is its full attention to detail in every aspect: the grimy production adds to the already drowned-out mood, the tight grooves in the instrumentation are memorable, Cave's vocal delivery is fulfilling and wild, the amazing songwriting we know to obtain from Cave is immaculate here, and the overall tone of the record (coupled with the ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Mercy Seat
  2. Up Jumped The Devil
  3. Deanna
  4. Watching Alice
  5. Mercy
  6. City Of Refuge
  7. Slowly Goes The Night
  8. Sunday's Slave
  9. Sugar Sugar Sugar
  10. New Morning
  11. The Mercy Seat (Video Mix)
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Added on: February 15, 2013