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Real Gone/Real Treat,
This review is from: Real Gone (Audio CD)
I was astounded to realise that I had been listening to Tom Wait's music for more than 20 years. Over the years he has meant a great deal to me. He's has made me laugh out loud whilst driving he's made me dance and he's made me (almost) cry. All of his albums are worth repeated spins and he is incapable of making a poor record. The man is a true artist and a poet.
The highpoint of his "career" is generally thought to be the swordfishtrombones and Raindogs albums. Rain dogs is/was my personal favourite but this tour de force is at least as good as these.
His music has developed over the years into a style all of his own and there are the usual extraordinary and compelling characters within his songs here.
THIS ALBUM IS POLITICAL AND ANTI-WAR. If I ever had an issue with his material before I would have said it largely took place in a social vacuum, unaffected by the world. It's obvious here however that he feels deeply anguished about the invasion of iraq and the current political state of America. For Real Gone He has penned some of the best anti-war songs since Dylan of the early 60s.
INSTRUMENTALLY Tom has explored some new teritory here, using different instrumentalisation and rythyms including body beat box and using his own voice as an instrument in the back ground (and he's finally dropped the paino ballads). The people playing on this album have largely worked with him for 20 years and you get the feeling that not only is there a great relationship but they would do it for nothing.
This group of songs is his best yet and get under your skin after just one listening.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know what the best musician/artist in the world is capable of, it is the perfect antidote to the mainstream world of glossy over produced non-art that we are told to believe is music BUY BUY BUY