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A Very Interesting Collection
on 15 October 2010
As I understand it, this is a collection of songs that were written over the course of the last few years, but never made it onto one of Mr Waits' regular albums, hence the title 'Orphans.' Well, it's a more interesting title than the usual "B-sides and Rarities."
As such, this collection is probably aimed more at the ardent fan than the novice. Already a fan of Tom Waits, I'm very glad I bought this collection - there are some truly indispensable tracks on here, not least of all 'Lie to Me', 'Walk Away', 'Road to Peace', 'Little Drop of Poison' and a terrifying rendition of 'Heigh Ho.' Where the album falls down, I feel, is the lack of any thread or idea linking the songs together that I've normally come to expect from Waits' albums. Going through the three discs, most of the songs are very good, if not excellent, but it does just feel like you're listening to a collection of songs, rather than an album.
In short, if you already know and love Tom Waits: you won't regret buying this. If you're new to his work: have a listen to 'Swordfishtrombones', 'Rain Dogs' or 'Frank's Wild Years' first.