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Rock - Released May 23, 2011 | Parlophone UK

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The son of English rock legend Ian Dury’s third studio effort, described by the artist as a ten-track collection of “seaside psychedelia,” was produced by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead) and recorded in London. Happy Soup arrives in August 2011. © TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 20, 2020 | Heavenly Recordings

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In 2018, Baxter Dury co-signed the album B.E.D. with a master of the French Touch movement (Etienne de Crecy) and a then-unknown riot grrrl Delilah Holliday. A quick electro thrill, this minimalist synthpop trio’s project was described by the British dandy as “a mutant child from the 80s that never fully developed correctly”. He returns to his roots with the impeccable Night Chancers, a gritty and sensual groove record. His late father Ian was all about “sex and drugs and rock’n’roll”, but Baxter’s opus is situated light years away from these dated thoughts, preferring to err on the side of quirky and nonchalant melancholy, like a British Gainsbourg of the third millennium. Some may be quick to reduce Dury to nothing but a sarcastic and cynical aesthete; admittedly he gets back in the saddle for this album like a heartbroken lover to confront the demons that surround him in an almost cinematographic environment. Violins, saxophones, hip-hop beats and other huge basses complement his thrilling declamations about social media (Carla’s Got A Boyfriend), fashionistas (Sleep People) but also compassion (Say Nothing)... The Night Chancers rounds off the trilogy (that began with Happy Soup and continued with Prince of Tears) made by the master of contemporary introspection, transforming the pavements of big cities into intimate dancefloors. ©️ Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 20, 2014 | [PIAS] Le Label

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His father's son through and through, Baxter Dury not only sounds a bit like his old man Ian, he is attracted to a similarly chintzy production that pushes attention away from the arrangements and to his words. This is especially true on 2014's It's a Pleasure, his fourth record in a decade and evidence that he's no longer concerned about whether audiences draw comparisons between him and his father anymore. Indeed, "Palm Trees" glides by on a bit of cod Euro-disco that can't help but recall Do It Yourself and much of It's a Pleasure follows suit, favoring tightly sequenced drum machines warmed by cooing female backing vocals. The neo-new wave vibe here is often appealing -- it hits an apex on the vaguely paranoid "Whispered," a minor-key, slyly propulsive gem -- and if Dury could stand to enunciate with precision, his marble-mouth mumble nevertheless works as texture, turning this record into a peculiar, distinctive oddity that seems as if it's all about words when it's really all about feel. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 22, 2005 | Rough Trade

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 27, 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

Three years on from It's a Pleasure, on his fourth album, Baxter Dury remains as seductive as ever with Prince of Tears. Having dealt rather well with his "son of" status, the British quadragenarian has been taking some unexpected paths through some multi-layered pop, sometimes puckish, occasionally disco-flavoured, but always joyful, and always bearing witness to his knack for finding a catchy refrain. His late and illustrious father was loved for bawling sex and drugs and rock and roll. But Dury Jr. seems to be a long way from that, preferring to play the unpredictable, off-the-wall dandy. Put together with Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens) and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire), the Prince of Tears is a perfect showcase for his speech/song. A mind-blowing fifth album that keeps you on your toes. © CM/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 29, 2002 | Rough Trade

Baxter Dury doesn't follow his dad's lead into quirky punk rock, for his debut album, Len Parrot's Memorial Lift, is a disheveled mix of space rock aesthetic -- misty guitar layers and lingering piano drops swirl around Dury's childhood storybook of being middle class in a posh celebrity world. It's quite clever and imaginative, really. Dury's delicate vocals come to a near-whisper -- certainly not a match for his father's cockney growl -- but set the tone for a wistful set of songs. From the dreamy waltz of "Auntie Jane" to the indie pop wit of "Lucifer's Grain," one will sense that Dury's a poet at heart. Joanna Hussey's warm, honeyed backing vocals gently intertwine on the latter track, but deliver a shining moment on "Oscar Brown." This particular track is a soft-hued beauty, lush in string arrangements that blatantly borrow the chorus from the Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'." While the first half of the album flows with a gauzy atmosphere, "Gingham Smalls 2" switches tempo, befooling his English upbringing in a humorous pub rock romp. Len Parrot's Memorial Lift is a meaningful piece of work from Dury Jr., an experimental effort full of professionalism and an original artistic sense. Baxter Dury attempts to be an individualist and he does a good job, but he is Ian's son through and through in a way that music brings alive. Just one listen to "Boneyard Dogs" and you'll know it. © MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 29, 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 19, 2019 | Heavenly Recordings

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Pop - Released May 10, 2011 | Parlophone UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 13, 2019 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 11, 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 25, 2014 | [PIAS] Le Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 8, 2005 | Rough Trade

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 3, 2020 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 15, 2005 | Rough Trade

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 6, 2020 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 29, 2018 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 27, 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

Sounding more like his old man with every passing year, Baxter Dury also sounds more confident than ever on Prince of Tears, his fifth album. Picking up where he left off on 2014's It's a Pleasure, Dury populates Prince of Tears with a rocky, Euro-disco, tongue-in-cheek allusion to his father's peak, which also provides useful support for his song-poems. Each of Dury's songs are deliberately shorn of excess -- there are no more hooks than necessary, no more beats than needed, the hooks are streamlined and slim -- which draws attention to the economy of his words and his wry delivery. All of this is familiar, so what counts on Prince of Tears is execution, and from top to bottom, it's one of his strongest albums, benefitting from his assurance and lack of nonsense. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 15, 2005 | Rough Trade

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