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Woyzeck by any other name
on 11 July 2007
The least focused of all waits' musical soundtracks, this one is from the Robert wilson play `woyzeck'. There are some of Wait's best growlers here, as he gives voice to low life, morally abandoned characters. Lyrically dark throughout, the music varies between jaunty, fast paced jazz, to functional ballads, to some of his fiercest recordings, often with a hint of vaudeville, which some will love and some will hate. This seems to come about through a lack of cohesion however, rather than through an attempt at diversity, many songs having a `left over from another album' feel. Some great songs but more that are mediocre.