It is time to listen to the Nick Cave and the Bad Seed remastered albums.
I will try to do one every other night until Christmas.
First out that I found was “Tender Prey” and the last I found was “Dig Lazarus, Dig”.
The listening will take this form: a quick commentary to each song followed by an overall impression.
A quick note if the remastered CD was worth it, in terms of quality compared to original CD, and maybe, if I get around to it, a brief comment on the extra DVD that is shipped with each remastered album.
The listening will be made on my computer with the following: Foobar, LeadAudio LA120 DAC/AMP and AKG Q701 headphones. For my convenience the files will be lossless FLAC’s. If it makes any difference, the Q701 are the lime green version, so feel free picturing me looking like an alien glowing tin the dark…
I’m listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “TENDER PREY” [Remastered]
Lyrics can be found at nick-cave.com–>>
First of all, the album contain one song less than my CD that I previously have on the shelf – the standard edition from 1988. (The Mercy seat – Video mix)
Here is the remastered track list:
01. The Mercy Seat
02. Up Jumped The Devil
04. Watching Alice
06. City Of Refuge
07. Slowly Goes The Night
08. Sunday’s Slave
09. Sugar Sugar Sugar
10. New Morning
The Mercy Seat
ominous, preachy, with a height in the sound, a sort of airy song. Close to a distort. The song of a man in the electric seat has lots of religious allusions. The music getting an eerie tempo and the hammering on the piano and droning sound. Great song.
Up Jumped the Devil
Slower, less airy, less eerie, more Divina Comedia. Chorus with the rest of the band.
A song that starts with the richness of Nick’s voice. A more pop:ish song, but with a stark lyric in contrast. The boys are doing a nice chorus. This is one of my favourites on this album. just this:
And I ain’t down here for your money
I ain’t down here for your love
I ain’t down here for your love or money
I’m down here for your soul
Piano heavy, yet back to that airy almost metallic tune of voice. A harmonica comes in to bring something of a woeful tone to this. Slow tune.
A darker tune, piano is accompanied by the entire band. Woeful singing, almost a howl. The preachy air is back, but with that dark undertone.
Again, the band is in chorus and the richness of this song is great.
City of Refuge
Harmonica is back, the intro is having more of a tempo and build up. It is a bit of space int he tone again. In the end we almost droning along, it’s chanting.
Slowly Goes the Night
A slower, almost parodic song. Guitar is picking high notes, the drums are softly taking us along. Then suddenly, the tone subtly change, and the music flows easier. This is still a song where the lyric is centerpiece. The music is still vivid and we are treated to small soft outburst of various instruments.
Piano is clinking and cool. The rhythm is back. Nick’s voice is still a bit between that state where he almost speaks, sings, and distorts both to that dark part as well as a few high pitch noises. This song is also most out of check with the online lyrics. There are no “fucking” etc online 😉
Sugar Sugar Sugar
We are off with a better tempo, the guitar is leading into that typical Bad Seed sound, Nick is overly pronouncing the words. It is dark and it is great. The piano that comes in is both ill-boding and filling the tempo. That end is a crescendo so slowly building up. Almost distorting in the highs though.
Almost like a hymn. The song is almost like a slow church-going-march. Piano is heavy stroked, the drum ending the sentences and lines. The feeling of a hymn gets stronger by the song.The boys in the back are singing chorus and backgrounds.
Thus we end the first listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Pray.
Final words, did I noticed that this was the remastered CD? No I didn’t. Feels like simply putting it out for sale again and the DVD accompanying it was the plus on this. The songs are still a bit airy and the highs sometimes threaten to distort and get an overload in the headphones. If you haven’t got this one, or the old one is played to a scratched piece of broken plastic – then by all means, go grab this – get some extra goodies on the extra DVD. This is a good NCATBS album. Rich and strong songs.