The Firstborn Is Dead (album) by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The Firstborn Is Dead
The Firstborn Is Dead by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (1985)
Overall rank: 3,172nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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75/100 (from 131 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1985 (38th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (492nd)
Award Best albums of all time (3,172nd)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds bestography

The Firstborn Is Dead is ranked 15th best out of 25 albums by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is The Boatman's Call which is ranked number 370 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,204.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album bestography « Higher ranked (2,549th) This album (3,172nd) Lower ranked (4,383rd) »
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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 77 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 131 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 13% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 74.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 75.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.7.

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From garycottier 05/04/2016 17:20
The follow up to, from her to eternity, the firstborn is dead, is Nick Cave's blues album. It's full of blues imagery, especially on opener, tupelo, about the stormy night when Elvis and Jesse Presley were born. Elsewhere, there's the brilliant, black crow king, the superb, say goodbye to the little girl tree, and closing track, blind lemon Jefferson. Knockin' on Joe, is also a great brooding number. The only weak moment is the slightly boring Dylan cover, wanted man. All in all, another essential Nick Cave record.
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From badseed 04/13/2015 03:21
A haunting, underrated album. "Tupelo" is definitely the standout track but everything is worth a listen.

Favorite tracks: "Tupelo", "Knockin' On Joe"
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From Decurso 08/11/2014 16:43
Exceedingly dark and haunting. Tupelo might well be Cave's single best song.
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From lancashirearab 06/23/2012 06:30
I remember buying a black jumper just before getting the Stagecoach bus down to London to see him for this album's tour.
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