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Prince of Tears

Baxter Dury

Prince of Tears

Fifth album of electro-tinged pop from the son of Ian Dury includes a contribution from Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson

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Heavenly Recordings
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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    Casually unique and an unbounded joy to listen to. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An outright triumph. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A short, sharp blast of an album. Pretty much every punch lands. Dury is alternately very funny, oddly disturbing and genuinely touching, which is a lot of ground to cover in under half an hour
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    A heartbreak record – done the British way
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  5. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Dury’s always been keen to play down his talents, aware of his privilege as the son of Ian Dury, but on his fifth album his composition skills are as insuppressible as his trademark humour
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  6. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Sounding a bit bare at first, it may take a few spins for Prince of Tears to reveal its appeal but it shows the younger Dury is a talented songwriter in his own right.
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A suite unreliably narrated by a character named Miami. ... The album is a wittily wrought soundtrack of his delusions. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   Clash

    By cementing his role as musical heir to the mantle of Serge Gainsbourg, as well as perhaps the only musical peer of Sleaford Mods, Baxter might just have succeeded in further escaping Ian Dury's long, dark shadow
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  9. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An album that engages with a wrenching variety of humanity's different sides, often more shade than light, rather than being just about the music
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