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, ‘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.
- Director: Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
- Record label: ANTI-
- Release date: 24 Oct, 2011