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Album Reviews: Tom Waits - 'Bad As Me'

It's not up there with the best

  • Release Date 24 Oct, 2011
  • Producer Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
  • Record 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 Tom Waits 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, ‘Bad As Me’ has to rank as a disappointment, since there are no surprises to match ‘Real Gone’’s sepulchral funk or ‘Orphans…’’ breathtaking sweep. Still, it’s a thrill hearing him kick out the jams with Keef (‘Last Leaf’) and extending a heartfelt, raspy fuck-you to the bankers in ‘Everybody’s Talking’. A-wooo, etc.

Alex Denney

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