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No glitter, just doom.
on 4 June 2011
Hate to say it, but this album ended a period of about four years when I loved pretty much everything Tom Waits threw at me. And how spectacularly. This album has poor sound quality, and the gruff bark of his voice reduces all variety in musical arrangements to a singular, tobacco-spittle-brown tone. Quite tedious, to be honest. Worst of all this album made me think TW has fallen into a kind of parody of a parody (because, let's face it, TW begins with parody), self-imitations and predictability. I think this is partly because he's the victim of a press that laud pretty much anything he does.
The extra CD of tired old jokes is poor, and really it feels as if the marketing department have finally got to him.
A great, great artist. But he deserves an honest review of this poor piece of work. I think maybe some of the thin, limited textures of this album could be down to that sound quality, and perhaps in concert it was far superior, but this is a review of the CD and it's not good at all.