Album Reviews: Tom Waits - 'Bad As Me'

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Album Reviews: Tom Waits - 'Bad As Me'

Album Info

  • Release Date: October 24, 2011
  • Producer: Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
  • Label: ANTI-
  • Fact: This is his first studio album of entirely new music in seven years
6 / 10 You don’t have to be old to start baying like a hellhound at the prospect of a new [a]Tom Waits[/a] record. The postmodern blues croaker has enjoyed a career arc in stark opposition to rock’s littered landscape of beautiful corpses, only improving as age has made him sound more in need of a throat lozenge. As such, ‘[b]Bad As Me[/b]’ has to rank as a disappointment, since there are no surprises to match ‘[b]Real Gone[/b]’’s sepulchral funk or ‘[b]Orphans…[/b]’’ breathtaking sweep. Still, it’s a thrill hearing him kick out the jams with Keef (‘[b]Last Leaf[/b]’) and extending a heartfelt, raspy fuck-you to the bankers in ‘[b]Everybody’s Talking[/b]’. A-wooo, etc.

[i]Alex Denney[/i]

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