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Bad As Me

Tom Waits Audio CD
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1. Chicago
2. Raised Right Men
3. Talking At The Same Time
4. Get Los
5. Face To The Highway
6. Pay Me
7. Back In The Crowd
8. Bad As Me
9. Kiss Me
10. Satisfied
11. Last Leaf
12. Hell Broke Luce
13. New Year's Eve

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2011 album from the acclaimed singer, songwriter and actor. Bad As Me, his first studio album of all new music in seven years, finds Tom Waits in possibly the finest voice of his career and at the height of his songwriting powers, working with a veteran team of gifted musicians and longtime co-writer/producer Kathleen Brennan. From the opening horn-fueled chug of 'Chicago,' to the closing barroom chorale of 'New Year's Eve,' Bad As Me displays the full career range of Waits' songwriting, from beautiful ballads like 'Last Leaf,' to the avant cinematic soundscape of 'Hell Broke Luce,' a battlefront dispatch. Like a good boxer, these songs are lean and mean, with strong hooks and tight running times. And there is a pervasive sense of players delighting in each other's musical company that brings a feeling of loose joy even to the album's saddest songs. Bad As Me is a Tom Waits album for the ages.

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3.0 out of 5 stars ok to listen Oct. 9 2012
By Misha
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are a number of good songs, however the quality of recording could have been superior. I was looking forward to listening to my favorite song 'Chicago' after seeing Tom Waits on David Letterman's show. Quality of background and song quite exceptional in comparison to the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits - Digs around the junk yard of American music and strikes gold Oct. 24 2011
By Red on Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Anyone thumbing through Tim Adams revealing interview with Tom Waits in last weeks Observer (23/10/11) should also read the subsequent comments upon it by Waits aficionados who are a particularly articulate bunch. One summarizes his Waits infatuation with the immortal line that "Tom Waits. He's the Dad I never had, the brother who wouldn't play with me, and the sister with the strangely deep voice". You know what he means. Tom Waits is both a one-man history of American music but also a vivid reflection of our lives ribald joys, drunken disasters, tender moments and defeated heartaches. He is a first class honours American maverick and the most genuinely original artist in modern rock music. On "Bad as me" he is back in over powering form and rocking harder than he has done for years. "Anyone who has ever played a piano," Waits has previously stated, "would really like to hear how it sounds when dropped from a 12th-floor window" and on his 17th album he does on occasions make a mighty racket. He is helped in this task by the presence on the album of his wife Kathleen Brennan, guitarist Marc Ribot, Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a previous collaborator that other old blues reprobate Keith Richards.

The album starts with "Chicago" a roaring blast of horns and fast chops which sees Waits in fine voice and doing a Casey Jones style "all aboard" chant. He follows it by outdoing Nick Cave in the dirty blues stakes with "Raised Right Man" where Waits exclaims "Heavens to murkatroid/Miners to coal/A good women can make a diamond out of a measly lump of coal". Throughout the album Waits serves up a Royal Variety Performance in terms of styles whether it be on the ghostly rolling "Talking at the same time" which is the nearest Waits has come to delivering a falsetto or the whiskey soaked "Last leaf" destined to soundtrack many deep stares into the bottom of a glass where Richards and Waits draw upon all their vast expertise.

In broad terms "Bad as me" is a very approachable and accessible album and certainly those whose "boats are floated" by the experimentation of "Swordfishrombones" with its mix of German cabaret and free jazz leanings may find it too straightforward. Thus for example "Satisfied" is a great rock stomp and will delight live audiences but were it done by anyone other than Waits it could be seen as derivative. Yet as always with the great man appearances deceive. The pounding almost industrial drums on "Hell broke Luce" reveal a blues sensibility that modern music has lacked since Captain Beefheart popped his clogs and the weird imagery of the swirling title track shows his continued ability to challenge.

It is great to see strong song structures back at the heart of his work and when they come in the form of the brilliant "Face the highway" or the gorgeous `Put me back in the crowd" which has been described by Waits as "Elvis meets Jim Reeves" this should be a cause for unbounded celebration. This feeling will be further confirmed after listening to the irrepressible rockabilly of "Get lost" which is almost pure New Orleans funk and guaranteed to storm any party. Waits as ever obliges by giving you an equally exquisite comedown in the form of the classic heartbreak ballad "Pay me" standing in the fine tradition of lonely laments such as "Nobody knows when I'm gone"

Ultimately "Bad as me" is a fiercely intelligent and savvy album which profitably raids the junkyard of American music. Tom Waits is certainly a magpie but he takes this old base metal and forges something that is indefinably his own. This rare ability is fully recognised by his contemporaries where Elton John has recently hailed Waits as "the Jackson Pollock of song" and Neil Young said of him at Waits induction to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame that 'I will say that this next man is indescribable and I'm here to describe him... this man is a great singer, actor, magician, spirit guide, changeling and performer for you.' After a seven year silence the return of Tom Waits with the truly excellent "Bad of Me" brings a warm feeling and the knowledge that the world has just become a significantly better place.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Swordfish Variations, it's Mule Dogs, it's Rain Trombones ... Dec 20 2011
By Earl B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
... in other words, it's distilled essence of Tom, and it's pretty much perfect. You can't listen to it (well I can't) without grinning. So THAT'S what he's been building.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He greets all the new ones that come in green. Nov. 8 2011
By Charles Orloski - Published on Amazon.com
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After listening to the groaning beautiful voice on "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack particularly "The Fall of Troy," I purchased my first-ever works by Tom Waits, the double-header release of "Blood Money" and "Alice." Soon, lyrics like "misery is the river of the world;" wild incomprehensible shouts of "Zelbuchlesch!"; "as far as a monkey could climb, the more you see it's tail;" & "everybody row!" incredibly became benchmarks for how far gone & into Waits I became. In fact, so far gone was I that my wife emphatically suggested I move our c.d. player into the cellar.

In "Bad as me, " Waits hammers more nails into the cross on which fans are hooked. "Kiss me" is a beautiful song -- I sensed Waits was singing to the piano that's sobering-up after endless nights of drinking. The wildness of "Satisfied" --doubtless music lovers are never satisfied, more is always desired, and Waits is "grieving satisfaction," & its fairly sensible to believe Mr. Wait's will be "carousin" when he's a "thousand."

'Ya gotta inject some "Bad as me" into the madness of lousy jobs, failed relationships, etcetera, and one cannot but enjoy "Last Leaf," listen to the last gasps of a reflective life hanging-limp upon a branch, laugh when Waits says he's "been here since Eisenhower," and I for one believe the artist has found who "puts flowers on a flower's grave."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Tom Waits Gold Nov. 10 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I don't have a long review or much to say, but Tom Waits is back in rocking form with this album. From the swing-ish "Satisfied" to the harsh and poignant "Hell Broke Luce" the album is a trip from beginning to end. It's a return to the Tom Waits of fifteen years ago, sounds fantastic, and is well worth your time and money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars same old, same old June 17 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like this new album, hoped I would like, and kept playing it again and again, but every time I felt: I've heard this all before. The same old thing again. Tom Waits doing his drunken sailor schtick, and doing it well ... but it's starting to bore me. On the surface this album "sounds" good and has all the ingredients most fans know and love about Waits and his music. But it's too predictable. Nothing on here surprises me or excites me. As another reviewer noted, previous Waits albums like "Rain Dogs", "Swordfishtrombones" and even "Mule Variations" were classics, packed with memorable tunes. But on "Bad as Me" I don't hear anything remotely as great as the best tunes on those older albums. Maybe some fans will be satisfied with this album, maybe even very happy or ecstatic to hear new Tom Waits songs again. But for me, he is starting to sound like a parody of himself.
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