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Alice

Tom Waits Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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1. Alice
2. Everything You Can Think
3. Flowers Grave
4. No One Knows I'm Gone
5. Kommienezuepadt
6. Poor Edward
7. Table Top Joe
8. Lost In The Harbor
9. We're All Mad Here
10. Watch Her Disappear
11. Reeperbahn
12. I'm Still Here
13. Fish & Bird
14. Barcarolle
15. Fawn

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The grizzled modern persona of Tom Waits finds new life on Alice, a slow, grave record that explores physical and moral decay with the same harrowing insight of 1992's Bone Machine. Originally written as an opera with his longtime songwriting partner, playwright Kathleen Brennan, the songs on Alice were performed live in a Hamburg theater for 18 months in 1992 and 1993, but were never committed to tape (officially, at least). This studio recording retains a sense of narrative cohesion, giving Waits a set of tormented and bizarre characters that go well with the motley crew he's assembled over the years. It is, in fact, the most consistent record of Waits's career, offering not only a stable train of thought, but a musical approach that, while featuring the same vaudevillian touches that have characterized his work since Swordfishtrombones, finds a voice all its own. Without much percussion to back them up, violins, cellos, and horns dominate the record, bathing Waits's familiar growl in a sly, slow cacophony that sounds like an underwater fugue, the notes like rust on the strings. "Watch Her Disappear," with its sparse, sad pump organ, and the twisted torch song "Reeperbahn" have the smoky café mystery of Edith Piaf by way of Leonard Cohen, recovered from the water-logged tapes in Cole Porter's long-lost dingy. It's a burst of dark, world-weary poetry for lonely Saturday nights, cloudy days on the beach, or long strolls through graveyards. --Matthew Cooke

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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything Tom releases is gold. Feb. 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
With that being said, I was kind of dissipointed with this, with comparrison to it's sister release at the same time "Blood Money". "Blood Money" hit me as a recording with passion, drive and fury. This sort of flew over my head the first 6 times I listened to it. It is enjoyable. (of course) This is a slow record, but it's twisted and takes you to a beautiful nightmare. The instrumentation is beautiful, although not very catchy (but who said this was supposed to be catchy). I love the title track and a few others. "Blood Money" does not need a play conterpart to be enjoyable, but for me if I saw this particual version of the play I would probly like the cd better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning CD Nov. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
Forbidden love is one of the perennial themes of mankind; when a genius like Tom Waits tackles this theme, the results--as here--can be awesome.
The album is based loosely around the life and work of Charles Dodgson, known to the world as Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice in Wonderland books. The songs mostly comment on his famous obsession with a neighbor girl named Alice, for whom he wrote the beloved books. However, this album is not, as some critics maintain, about "intergenerational relationships", but more about hopeless love in general.
The album's tone is that of a sinister fairy-tale for grownups. It begins with the brilliantly sultry title song, which sets forth the subject and obsession of the entire work. The next track, "Everything you can Think," paints a vivid and surrealist picture of a horrifying sort of wonderland--"Everything you can think of is true / the dish ran away with the spoon / look deep in your heart for the little, red glow / we're decomposing as we go."
As many critics have pointed out, Alice is more weighted toward soft, slow ballads than the average Waits album. This is true; musically it is more accessible than, say, Bone Machine. But there is enough other material to make the CD feel balanced. "Kommienezeupadt", though many object to its presence on this disc, is actually a nice contrast to the other material and is an enjoyably insane track. "Table-Top Joe" is a very fun song, and reveals the amazing versatility of Tom Waits' voice.
But the real strength comes in the heartbreaking ballads. It is impossible to choose a favorite song on here, since there really are no weak links.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this man! Oct. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
Another gem of the supertalented mr. Waits.
It looks like almost everything has already been said about this man on these reviews so I can only recommend his admirers to listen to Kaizers Orchestra's 'Ompa til du dor', a great Scandinavian band heavily influenced by Tom. Give it a try and be delighted by their sounds, it's like Tom is playing the pumporgan himself!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmmmmm..... Oct. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
First, I really like Tom Waits. However, after listening to this I am wondering what state of mind I would have to be in to enjoy this stuff. Would I be endangering myself if I hung out with people who like this? It's out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my first waits album Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
great stuff from start to finish. tom waits proves right here that just because you're getting older doesn't mean your music has to suck. my favorite track off here is Poor Edward. eveything else is great as well. the only complain i would have would be Kommienezuspadt (but damnit. you got to give the guy credit for trying man). i don't know if this is his best album or not (i haven't heard them all yet but i've been happy with the stuff i've heard). the other album he put out Blood Money is very much like this album (and put out at about the same time). i would say to get both of these for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe his best July 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
Too much ink has been spilled over Tom Waits for me to add anything of great value to his legacy. Let me just say this "lost masterpiece" might just prove to be his best to date. I wouldn't recommend it as a starting point for beginners (maybe Rain Dogs or Mule Variations for that), but his beautiful melodic/cacophonic style certainly comes to a head here. Only time will tell if this review hold true. Either way, I am very glad that Waits continues to add to his important catalogue, which all together is masterpiece that will last well into the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars whow! June 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
ok, i'm a big tom waits fan, but Alice is his best song ever! can't really separate 'em, i guess, sort of build on each other, but this one is supreme! where does he come up with this stuff? "skating on your name?" "how did the razor find my throat?"
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Format:Audio CD
Listening to Tom Waits over the years can be a jarring experience. From the exquisite Jazz-inspired tracks on Closing Time to the swinging pendulum of grit and delicacy on Swordfishtrombones, this is somewhere in the middle. Instrumentally, this record is absolutely superb, precisely because it doesn't lend itself to any particular style. Consider the opening moments of "Everything You Can Think": A train whistle, 1950's radio static, clanging bells, and a trumpet(?) that sounds like it's right out of a mariachi band. And only then does the growling start. None of this stuff sounds like it should go together, but it does, and with surprising force. For me, the album's brilliance peaks during Kommienezuepadt, which evokes German military industrialization in the 1940s underneath the contrasting Swing music/Jazz that implies rebellion against the same. Totally impressive.
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