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The period leading up to and culminating in the making of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' fifth studio album, Tender Prey, was a profusely fertile time for all the individual band members, overloaded with so much peripheral creative activity and personal turmo
It was Tender Prey that raised the delightfully unlikely specter of Nick Cave the pop star. What was even better was that the song that damn near did it--"The Mercy Seat"--was an epic litany relating the thoughts of a condemned prisoner awaiting his walk to the electric chair. "The Mercy Seat" is Cave and his Bad Seeds at their best: the former leavening his mordant tale with grim wit ("A ragged cup, a twisted mop . . . the face of Jesus in my soup"), the latter conjuring an appropriately demented squall of electric guitars and violins. Tender Prey was a massively important album for Cave: for the first time, he is unabashed about projecting his bleak and often misunderstood sense of humor and his ability to write as good a pop tune as anyone. Tender Prey is the beginning of Cave's voyage toward acceptance by the general public and perhaps himself. Everything good he's done since--and there's been an impressive amount--starts here. --Andrew Mueller
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Cave has always shown great talent despite that his earlier work is rather uneven in quality. Here on Tender Prey, he finally puts together an album worthy of that talent and as the industry reviewer says, he only gets better from this album forward.
The most famous song here is Mercy Seat, a harrowing tale of the last inchoate thoughts of a man condemned to fry and die. The cacophony of the instrumentation only reinforces the potency of the lyrics. And most of us know by now that Johnny Cash reciprocated Cave's admiration of his work by covering Mercy Seat on one of his final recordings.
Mercy Seat is not by any means the only great song on the album. I like the darkly humorous Up Jumped the Devil, the yearning piano ballad Watching Alice, the brooding quasi-religious Mercy, the morbid Sunday's Slave, and the strident warnings of Sugar Sugar Sugar. Each of these songs, as well as others not mentioned show that Cave has come of age both as a musician and a songwriter.
Unlike a couple of reviewers, I don't feel that the inclusion of the second version of Mercy Seat is anticlimactic. I look at the two versions as the bread that envelopes this tasty musical sandwich. While this CD may not meet with the approval of those who are fans of Cave's earlier hard core goth punk, it should bring in new listeners who will grow to appreciate one of the finest new talents in a generation. Buy this, you'll see what I mean.
If he would only rerelease this as a live album, then maybe we, the fans, would stop wondering why this is on every goth "top 10" list ever written.
Listen to it again. It's so uneven and bassy. Perhaps that what's Nick wanted. But I find that a bit hard to believe cosidering the turmoil that was ruining Nick at the time.
The Mercy Seat - I love Nick Cave. I feel as though I have a firm grasp on his cynicism and anger. However The Mercy Seat has to be one of his worst songs. Most fans would shout "Blasphemer!!" But I challenge them to listen a bit closer. Is there any reason why Nick has to sing the chorus for over 7 minutes? The lyrics are wonderful. Yet for some reason, the song fails IMHO. The 4 minute version on Live Seeds is far superior. It seems like the song translates much better to acoustic guitar.
Up Jumped the Devil, Deanna, Mercy - All great songs with those fantastically literate lyrics. Up Jumped the Devil has such a cool showtune feel to it, sort of like a cabaret in Hell.
Watching Alice - It's ok. I love the lyrics. Nick really conveys a man's dissapointment in finding out that his private angel has a sordid sex life. Unfortunately the crappy bass mix really sours an otherwise awesome song.
Slowly Goes the Night - Blah! My least favorite Cave song of all time. Something about this really turns me off.
Sunday's Slave - Ehh. I like the rhythm.
Sugar, Sugar, Sugar - It's passable, obviously filler. Nick Cave filler is better than most though.
City Of Refuge - This is a close second to Slowly Goes the Night in terms of being Nick's worst song. It just doesn't go anywhere.Read more ›