Despite its Bible-referencing title, 1986’s covers-only Kicking Against The Pricks was/is less about Old Testament fire-and-brimstone but more about celebrating influences, confrontationally challenging fans and critics’ preconceptions with lushness overriding rawness… and finding room for Cave to explore his fledgling crooner persona.
Like its immediate prequel, it’s a mixed-bag, with a smattering of highpoints that rouse even if they don’t quite soar high enough.
A coruscating take upon The Velvet Underground’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” possibly surpasses the original and its toneless Nico vocal; the desolate blues-folk of “The Singer” is endearingly self-deprecating; an eerie slow-motion deconstruction of “Hey Joe” could have sat well on From Her To Eternity; and the almost kitsch “Long Black Veil” pre-empts the black comedy body-counting of 1996’s Murder Ballads.
CD1 Muddy Water (5:17)
CD2 I'm Gonna Kill That Woman (3:44)
CD3 Sleeping Annaleah (3:18)
CD4 Long Black Veil (3:47)
CD5 Hey Joe (3:56)
CD6 The Singer (3:09)
CD7 All Tomorrows Parties (5:52) Written-By : Lou Reed
CD8 By The Time I Get To Phoenix (3:40)
CD9 The Hammer Song (3:50)
CD10 Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart (3:45)
CD11 Jesus Met The Woman At The Well (2:00)
CD12 The Carnival Is Over (3:15)
§ DVD AUDIO
DVD1 Kicking Against The Pricks In 5.1 Surround Sound
DVD2 Black Betty
DVD3 Running Scared
§ DVD VIDEO
DVD4 Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 3: Kicking Against The Pricks)
DVD5 The Singer
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