Best album of the 80's...
WeezyBoPeep | RUSTIC NORTHERN MD | 11/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the punk and righteous hip hop of the early 80's, things started to get a little rough for music, so a lot of people say...they have not listened to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds THE FIRSTBORN IS DEAD. This is the kind of album that could have come out in the 1950's or yesterday, and it would still be great. Actually, it is the timelessness of Cave's music that seems to draw a lot of his fans.
This album is so experiemental that it will blow your mind, but it is by no means silly. The guitar work and musicianship in general is of the highest caliber. You really can't go wrong with a Bad Seeds album, but if you don't own this one and you're a fan, I suggest buying it. It will give you a whole new perspective of where this guy comes from.
It includes a cover of Dylan's "Wanted Man" that makes every other cover of the song sound childish. "The Six Strings that Drew Blood," my personal fav, is a dark western-blues jam that reminds you of a heroin induced vision of a guitar player. "Tupelo," by far the most "hitworthy" song on the album, is amazing also.
In short, I don't recommend this album to just anyone, but to anyone who owns some newer Cave material who is looking to find more. You won't be disappointed...but give it some time to grow on you, because you may be surprised at just how different his older music is..."
Suffer the listeners that hath come unto Him
yorgos dalman | Holland, Europe | 05/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Has an album ever had a more exploding `super nova'-like opening song than Nick Cave's second album "The firstborn is dead"?
"Tupelo" is a Godfearing, thundering preach about a lovelorn town that one could find easily in one of the old-testament books. Or could it even exist as a town-soon-to-die in "The revelation of John"?
Nick howls and whispers, both with the same ease, and the Bad Seeds are everlasting present with backing vocals and an extremely well performed musical sideshow.
After the rage comes the quietness. And this moment of quietness and contemplation comes in the form of "Say goodbye to the little girl tree". Tender, joyful and still as sharp as the guitar strings Blixa Bargeld is tipping on.
But as soon as the last notes have floated away, the Bad Seeds accelerate again, whilst Nick is going "Woohoo-hoo!", impersonating the locomotive that carries the pounding song "Train long-suffering".
"Knockin' on Joe" sets the tone for the following album "Your funeral, my trial", giving the audience the feeling they're listening to something old, older at least, not from 1985 when "Firstborn..." was released, but of something further away in time, yet still, or perhaps therefor: timeless.
Also worth mentionning is the Dylan cover "Wanted man", and Nick Cave simply hits the bull's eye with this one, making it totally his own and giving it a tension that remains unbreakable until the last notes.
This album has no weak spots, only good songs and better ones. And one of the most original outputs here is "The six strings that drew blood". Cool, minimal and understated guitar fiddeling, nonchalant whisteling, mesmerising singing, and a surreal story unfolding with every casually dropped line.
Of the early Bad Seeds albums, this one is by far the most memorable, being a carefully build bridge between the experimental and the lyrical.
Smokey, smoking, mystifying. Music to slowly die by.