Bad As Me
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Bad As Me

21 Oct 2011

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Song Title
Raised Right Men
Talking At The Same Time
Get Lost
Face To The Highway
Pay Me
Back In The Crowd
Bad As Me
Kiss Me
Last Leaf
Hell Broke Luce
New Year's Eve

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Oct 2011
  • Release Date: 21 Oct 2011
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2011 Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 44:38
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  • ASIN: B005SN54VO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,490 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone thumbing through Tim Adams revealing interview with Tom Waits in last weeks Observer (23/10/11) should also read the subsequent comments upon it by Waits aficionados who are a particularly articulate bunch. One summarizes his Waits infatuation with the immortal line that "Tom Waits. He's the Dad I never had, the brother who wouldn't play with me, and the sister with the strangely deep voice". You know what he means. Tom Waits is both a one-man history of American music but also a vivid reflection of our lives ribald joys, drunken disasters, tender moments and defeated heartaches. He is a first class honours American maverick and the most genuinely original artist in modern rock music. On "Bad as me" he is back in over powering form and rocking harder than he has done for years. "Anyone who has ever played a piano," Waits has previously stated, "would really like to hear how it sounds when dropped from a 12th-floor window" and on his 17th album he does on occasions make a mighty racket. He is helped in this task by the presence on the album of his wife Kathleen Brennan, guitarist Marc Ribot, Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a previous collaborator that other old blues reprobate Keith Richards.

The album starts with "Chicago" a roaring blast of horns and fast chops which sees Waits in fine voice and doing a Casey Jones style "all aboard" chant. He follows it by outdoing Nick Cave in the dirty blues stakes with "Raised Right Man" where Waits exclaims "Heavens to murkatroid/Miners to coal/A good women can make a diamond out of a measly lump of coal".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad is very good indeed 24 Feb 2012
By Bemused
Format:Audio CD
Having been a Tom fan since the 1970s when Small Change was released, I always look forward to the new releases and am rarely disappointed. Having read a few reviews of this latest album, I wasn't too sure what to expect. Well what an album! Nothing out of the ordinary on the first few listenings and then it begins to hit you. The wonderful rhythms of the opening track, the stomping energy of the next and the wonderful tunefulness of next... and so it continues throughout. So what if some of the tracks remind us of songs gone by, he's not the first artist to rework old ideas and bring fresh energy to them. If you want to try some Tom Waits this is as good a place to start as any. It doesn't happen too often but at the moment,I can't stop playing it. It's always difficult to pick a favourite and I'm sure when I next listen to Swordfishtrombones or Mule Variations etc. I will change my mind,but at the moment this is my favourite Tom album. Buy it and love it.
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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars recycled tom 28 Oct 2011
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i'll start off this (most likely unpopular) review by saying i'm a massive tom waits fan. to put the review in context, my favourite era is the mid-80s trilogy, which i hold up as a high water mark for music in the 80s. i also love his blues albums of the late 70s, the one from the heart album of 1982, and the heart of saturday night. i'm not a huge fan of his later albums (eg since 1987's frank's wild years) with the exceptions of the black rider and alice. i feel his work has faded into regurgitating his favourite themes in ever so slightly different ways, and his work is subject ot the law of diminishing returns. what seemed fresh and vibrant when he first did it seems less so, when you recognise the riff, when you recognise the lyric, when you recognise the format. it's the moment when you notice the card the magician has got hidden up his sleeve.

i would also say that i came to tom waits quite late (probably about a decade ago, and so listened to it in a fairly unordered sequence. therefore, bone machine was about the fourth album i listened to, etc, so i wasn't burned out by then - i just recognised the better writing and invention in the earlier stuff, and the stagnation in the later stuff. i also find he delivers his lyrics better in the older albums. his real strength for me over the years has been his simply wonderful lyrics, and powerful delivery. he has kept the beautiful voice, and in some ways that has got better. eg in the black rider and alice, that voice is so rich and powerful, there really is little in music to compare with it. it's an instrument as much as a voice, and he inhabits his different characters to wonderful effect. that voice is the reason i will always buy his albums. there's no fix like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Never Let You Down 29 Nov 2013
By GraemeR
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I own everything Tom Waits has every released and put this in his top 5 albums, playing it non-stop at the moment
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4.0 out of 5 stars How bad is this? 15 Mar 2013
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Not bad at all...Tom growls his way through stories of the American squallor. My favourite song is the last on the album: New Year's Eve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Great 29 July 2012
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This is a good album, but not quite a great one. Tom's voice has always been gruff but now it seems close to having gone completely. The song-writing is as good as ever however - witty and original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOM WAITS FANS GOTTA HAVE THIS! 8 April 2012
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Get it, listen to it, listen to it in your car, in your living room, in the bath, in your sleep. It will get under your skin whether you like it or not!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed to be honest
I have to say, its a bummer to write this review. Been a massive fan of Waits since my high school days when I was first exposed to Swordfishtrombones. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Buffalohump
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with trying
Mind you, Tom Waits isn't Gustav Mahler, nor did he ever intend to be. Considering his own versatile style this is a recording in its own right. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Tristan
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost back to his best
I have a few of Tom Waits albums, and this is one of his best. Love the title song, back to his best.
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by ramosthecat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love this album, very easy on the ear. Excellent. Bought for present for my husband and he loves it too.
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars back to his best!
got this album today,you never know quite what to expect from tom,but this is right up there with blue valentine. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by frank perriam
4.0 out of 5 stars tom waits
smashing, tom back to his best, songs that stick in the head long after they have gone he is one man i would love to see live....
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by crowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This album is great. I have all Waits albums and this is a great addition to the collection ...It is exactly what I wanted and exactly what I hoped for.
Ideal, thanks Tom.
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Y. Duarte
1.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits, "Bad as me" no just plain BAD
Let me start by saying I'm new to Tom, i know Ive just passed him by, but purchased this album after reading rave reviews not only on amazon but other respected sites. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Foxman
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