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Boomkat Product Review:
The second album release from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, re-released as part of Mute's Nick Cave reissue series. This collector's edition includes the remastered CD, a DVD with the album mixed in 5.1 plus bonus tracks, videos and an exclusive new short film by artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. "The Firstborn Is Dead is an album rich with references to the blues and bluesmen, the American South, and especially to Elvis Presley. Recorded in late 1984, but not released until June 1985, the title is a nod to Jesse Garon Presley, Elvis' stillborn identical twin. The Firstborn Is Dead is an album that helped to define Cave's new role, his niche on the map as fire-and-brimstone preacher and post-modern ironist, as a wizard with words, as a master of the heartfelt howl that's tinted with a twisted smile. Much of his work since has taken the blues as a basis, before spiraling off into exhilarating new sparks and shards..."