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Come on along with the Black rider,
This review is from: The Black Rider (Audio CD)
Theatrical, Vaudeville tinged lp, originally for the musical of the same name. One of Wait's less orthodox recordings, featuring a fair few instrumental pieces and `fills', often of an experimental nature. He mostly performs characters here and the lyrics have to be seen in that light but the characters are evocative and do come through. William Bourroughs contributes to a fair few of the lyrics here and his touch is evident. Hit and miss, largely because of its contextual nature, most of the songs hanging on the same themes and motifs. Underrated but not an obvious place to start a collection.
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2008 17:40:56 GMT
Much as I've enjoyed reading your reviews of Tom's music, I have to disagree with your rating for this one. I agree it would be a bad place to start, and it's a bit of a disjointed album.. but 3 stars? Just the Right Bullets is worth that on it's own. Not to mention the entertaining lyrics from songs such as Crossroads and Lucky Day. Plus the fabuous music from Russian Dance and the quirkily hypnotic Gospel Train. Admittedly, as a whole, it's an album that may or may not click with the listener. For me - without wishing to sound over-dramatic - it was a thundery, late-summer evening when this album just seemed perfect. I've loved it ever since.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2008 02:21:40 GMT
I agree with you about all of the excellent tracks you mention; they are some of my favourites too. My original intent was to review all of his albums (and maybe i'll eventually finish it) and to hopefully give some context / help to a new Waits listener who might be baffled by it all. Too many reviews (in my view) assume the reader is as passionate as the reviewer himself but that is especially not true on a huge commercial site like this. My approach to the 5 star ratings was to reflect where I thought each album stands in relation to Wait's own cannon rather than as an absolute marker of quality. So his best albums would recieve 5 stars and his less essential records (trying to bear in mind that there are some fans that are not as in love with his music as I am (and i guess you are) and will think that he does have some inessential records) would get less. As much as there are some great songs on Black rider i really think it is an album to be listened to 'down the line' for anyone discovering tom Waits. If I was rating it purely on musical quality rest assured it would score higher.
Thanks for taking an interest in my reviews. It's nice to know it wasn't time wasted and that somebody has found them interesting to read. I've done them purely out of love.
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