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The best Waits album since 'Rain Dogs'?,
This review is from: Alice (Audio CD)
Tom Waits has made some great records since 'Rain Dogs': 'Innocent When You Dream', 'Walkin Away', 'The Black Rider', 'Goin' Out West', 'Get Behind the Mule', 'Dog Door'- but there has been some art w***- which you had to admire more than enjoy. 'Alice' is the most satisfying of the two new albums- though 'Blood Money' does feature the gorgeous 'Coney Island Baby' and the circus Dante of 'Misery is the River of the World'. This is a more restrained album, the best night-time record since either 'I see a Darkness' or 'Hats'. The musical elements don't cloud the songwriting- there are so many highlights: 'No One Knows I'm Gone', 'Table Top Joe', 'I'm Still Here', 'Flower's Grave' & the title track. For those who dig the mad semi-industrial Kurt Weill side of Waits- enjoy the classic 'Kommienezuspadt' - which reminds me a little of Angelo Badalamenti' score to 'Mulholland Drive'.
'Alice' is a great album that gets, unbelievably, better with each listen. Waits is on the same top form of 'Swordfishtrombones'/'Rain Dogs' again. This is a must purchase- though 'The Annotated Alice' might be a wise purchase also!