- Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
- Deluxe ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
- Label: ANTI
- ASIN: B005IGVYUG
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
(....and not for the reason you might expect. I'm not that kind of Wolf!)
The delivery of Tom Waits' new album 'Bad As Me' safely made I have spent
much of the day absorbed in its extraordinary and wonderful contents. For my
1000th review I wanted something very special to write about and this is it.
"Who Is Tom Waits?" For the most part he has always kept the "real" thing
closely under wraps. A family man, first and foremost but beneath the
spotlight and in the studio he subdivides into a whole cast of colourful
personae, each given flesh and blood through his inimitable voice and
uncanny ability to make his musical narratives burst into vivid life
between our ears. I have followed his recording career for thirty-five years
and the prospect of each new album arriving in the listening world still
fills me with anticipation and excitement every time.
Another question : "What Is Tom Waits?" is somewhat easier to answer. He
has always been and remains one of the most inherently great songwriters
and performers on the planet. This new release is no exception to the rule.
Although the musical language of 'Bad As Me' is familiar (like an old and
valued friend) this is a part of his indefatigable strength and longevity.
Continuity and consistency are the keys to his magic kingdom
The thirteen principal songs on the album (there are another three on the
"deluxe" edition) fall alongside the rest of his back-catalogue comfortably.
Mr Waits is not out to test us here; this collection delivers the essence of
all we have come to know and love about his writing.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Waits' wilder, experimental, journeys to the edge have been curbed a little this time, much of his trademark cacophony of recent years eschewed in favour of more conventionally structured songs. But it's all unmistakeably Waits, from the opening frantic shuffle of "Chicago" to the closing "New Year's Eve" - a 21st century Fairytale of New York, with which it's bound to be compared. (Unless, of course, you've invested in the Deluxe version, in which case you get three fine additional examples of the master's art for your extra money.)
"Raised Right Men" is a delightfully funky romp incorporating a suitably crazed vocal, the lilting "Talking At The Same Time", all slack-key guitar, tinkling piano and distant brass section is an unmitigated joy, whilst "Kiss Me" represents the unexpected return of Waits' seventies bar-room crooner.
The delicious rockabilly romp of "Get Lost" complete with retro guitar solo, and the Stones-inspired "Satisfied" (featuring Keith Richards and namechecking both The Glimmer Twins), keep the momentum going nicely whilst the military stomp of "Hell Broke Luce" is another highlight, Waits' latest anti-war diatribe. Clearly, if God's been away on business He just extended His trip.
And there are tender moments aplenty, "Face To The Highway" the best of these, a song of regret and painful departure evoking the spirit (if not the arrangement) of "Ruby's Arms".
Whilst fans will doubtless be delighted, paradoxically this could also be the Tom Waits album for people who don't like Tom Waits. Go figure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well I hardly play this record, as Toms voice became gruffer and gruffer he blew my house down...give me the early years anydayPublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by Richard Clark
Never heard of him? Rod Stewart has one of his songs on every album. Bruce Springsteen does his songs. You'll like thisPublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by The Woodgnome
Love this loads - his voice just gets better with age. Has prompted me to buy more of his back catalogue.Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by R. J. Edwards
He did it again! Although not as conceptual as his 80s albums, pure Waitsianism is delivered straight through your ears to your hearts. Enjoy! ;)Published on 3 Jan. 2012 by Mikus
Good works and enjoyable for my son in law to listen do. Titles are good and the range of tracks is excellent. All very satisfactory.Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by Grandma
I'm still waiting for Waits to match Mule Variations - the achingly poignant melodies....Charlie Musselwhite's virtuoso harmonica carving startling and plantive shapes (3rd... Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2011 by Hamnix Felix Toe
I'm really happy with this album, especially because I chose the vinyl option which also comes with a cd and booklet. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2011 by Ghostbirch