Tom Waits - Bone Machine
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Release date: 22 December 1992
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- The Earth Died Screaming
- Dirt In The Ground
- Such A Scream
- All Stripped Down
- Who Are You This Time
- The Ocean
- Jesus Gonna Be Here
- A Little Rain
- In The Colosseum
- Goin' Out West
- Murder In The Red Barn
- Black Wings
- Whistle Down The Wind
- I Don't Wanna Grow Up
- Let Me Down Up On It
- That Feel
It's not up there with the best
- Oct 28, 2011
...a cacophonous, fearsome and shadowy delight...
- May 14, 2002
...mugging it up like Oscar from 'Sesame Street'...
- May 14, 2002
He played a 10 song set as part of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit concert in California
The legendary singer hasn't performed a live show since 2008
Book will feature over 200 pages of images taken by both Corbijn and Waits himself
Tom Waits - Bone Machine: Wikipedia Album Entry
Released September 8, 1992
Those vocals. Those lyrics. That mood. This was My first foray into Tom's world: a gift when I was 14. I haven't looked back. From the alpha (the thumping primitive drums of "Earth Died Screaming") to the omega (the howling chorus ((Keith Richard sits in and warbles and twangs)) of guts and guitars finishing off "That Feel"), this CD is like nothing else on the planet. This is a macabre, twisted world: a vision entirely of Mr. and Mrs. Waits's devising (Kathleen Brennan is his wife and they write together- what a team!)
Lyrically, this is light years beyond so much music out there... Namely, all of it. Waits never stoops to cliche, never resorts to the old, crusty, stale rhymes and metaphors that haunt the minds of most songsmiths. His lyrics are restlessly inventive and vivid. When he tells a story he lures you in, shows you the scene and leaves you there to figure out what happened and find your own way home again.
On the whole, this is a dark album, and it fits easily into his output from the 80's-90's... Songs such as "In the Colosseum," and "Murder in the Red barn," are eerie and unsettling. Still, Tom doesn't just write disturbing music. "Little rain," "Whistle Down the Wind," and "Who Are You," are more upbeat (kinda) pieces, meaning the lovelorn lyrics and strange musings are masked by a major-key chord progression. The musical styles veer all over the board- never quite playing its straight, some of the songs are country sounding, some are folk, a couple are blues... But not quite. They inhabit a strange place between genres.
The rusty, falsetto croon of "Dirt in the ground" set to the kind of funeral march horns and beat you'd expect to see in New Orleans, if New Orleans were populated by half-dead prophets and zombie musicians!
The sweet, bluesy satire of "Jesus Gonna Be Here," that sounds like Tom waits is actually a venerable bluesman from the Mississippi Delta. I played this at work once and everyone in the kitchen insisted that the singer must be a black guy. Just Tom, a bass-line and two-notes of twangy guitar. The cough at the end of the song- that cough has more soul than most band's entire discographies!!!!!
The Ennio Morricone-esque brilliance of "Black Wings": Tom is rolling the wheel of an old film projector and he rasps and murmurs and tells the story of a strange character who has no name... This song is brilliant!!! The guitar and the swishing drums... nothing I have ever heard sounds like this tune, perhaps my favorite...
Buy this CD- it's a great trampoline into Waits' more out there stuff. And it's easily one of his more balanced CDs- pretty much no sleeper tracks here!
Fun Facts: Earth Died Screaming is used for a scene in the Gilliam film "12 Monkeys," when Bruce Willis has taken Madeleine Stowe hostage and she's driving him into a large city (Philadelphia, I think). Also, the steady cam scene in "Fight Club," where Tyler Durden and his crew walk through the creepy bar and into the basement while Ed Norton voice-over's the sequence (right before Pitt delivers them The 8 Rules...) is set to "Goin' Out West"- with its muscular, dark, fuzzed out mutant surf-rock bass riff...
C'mon, take a chance on this!
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