Prince of Tears

Baxter Dury - Prince of Tears
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #400 / 898
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
Liked by 1 person
October 27, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
PIAS / Label
Synthpop / Genres / Website
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Northern Transmissions
Intoxicating in the way it builds instrumentation and absolutely nails its sounds, the record is one of the year’s most intriguing
The Guardian
It all adds up to a short, sharp blast of an album. Pretty much every punch lands. Dury is alternately very funny, oddly disturbing and genuinely touching, which is a lot of ground to cover in under half an hour.
‘Prince Of Tears’ is an adult break-up record. It’s also a Baxter Dury one, which is to say, it’s despairing, comically cutting and never dreary.
Loud and Quiet
Dury’s always been keen to play down his talents, aware of his privilege as the son of Ian Dury, but on his fifth album his composition skills are as insuppressible as his trademark humour.
By cementing his role as musical heir to the mantle of Serge Gainsbourg (if you ignore the fact that Charlotte Gainsbourg herself is a pretty worthy heir), as well as perhaps the only musical peer of Sleaford Mods, Baxter might just have succeeded in further escaping Ian Dury's long, dark shadow.
Under The Radar

Sounding a bit bare at first, it may take a few spins for Prince of Tears to reveal its appeal but it shows the younger Dury (Baxter is the son of famous rock 'n' roller Ian Dury, of Ian Dury and the Blockheads) is a talented songwriter in his own right.


Each of Dury's songs are deliberately shorn of excess -- there are no more hooks than necessary, no more beats than needed, the hooks are streamlined and slim -- which draws attention to the economy of his words and his wry delivery. All of this is familiar, so what counts on Prince of Tears is execution, and from top to bottom, it's one of his strongest albums, benefitting from his assurance and lack of nonsense.


Baxter has been one of my favourite artists for years now, and this was my introduction to him - and it’s still my favourite.

The imagery that Baxter creates throughout this is so vivid you can’t help just listening intently to whatever line he comes out with next.

This paired with quality bass, soft vocals from Madelaine Hart and piercing violin throughout the production fantastically contrasting Baxter’s rough nonchalant vocals, makes for a truly unique and amazing ... read more


Beautiful combination of bass and violin. Baxter is a singular character and we empathize with him.

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Added on: October 13, 2017