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Blood Money

Tom Waits Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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1. Misery Is The River of the World
2. Everything Goes to Hell
3. Coney Island Baby
4. All The World Is Green
5. God's Away On Busines
6. Another Man's Vine
7. Knife Chase
8. Lullaby
9. Starving In The Belly Of A Whale
10. The Part You Throw Away
11. Woe
12. Calliope
13. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Blood Money is up there with Waits's best albums from the mid-'80s, veering as it does from sexy insomniac circus music to gorgeously heart-tugging lullabies to woozy zigzag bluesy romps to what can only be described as Oscar the Grouch singing out of tune on top of the soundtrack to an old French film. Blood Money's 13 songs were cowritten by Tom Waits and longtime collaborator and wife Kathleen Brennan for a Robert Wilson production of Georg Büchner's unfinished, protomodernist 1837 play, Woyzeck, about a Kafkaesque German soldier who goes crazy after doing medical experiments for money and kills his girlfriend after witnessing a perceived infidelity. The album's worldview is, necessarily, bleak. The lyrics are hilariously misanthropic, occasionally hallucinatory, and ring with the truth of Tin Pan Alley clichés turned inside out. "Coney Island Baby," in particular, is a grand statement, with Waits delicately croaking the lines "She's a rose, she's the pearl / She's the spin on my world / All the stars make their wishes on her eyes." The album's manifesto, however, is to be found in the title tune, as Waits spits out the words "If there's one thing you can say about mankind / There's nothing kind about man / You can drive out nature with a pitch fork / But it always comes roaring back again." Released at the same time as the lyrical, lovely Alice, the ragged and rhythmic Blood Money marks the return of one of our most gifted meta-singer-songwriters to the top of his game. --Mike McGonigal

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4.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as alice Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
very much like the alice album. very good from start to finish. lots of great tracks on here. favs being All the World is Green & Another Man's Vine. some very mellow tracks on here. this is alot more low key than alice. i would say to get them both. they tie together very nicely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tom Waits cd since Bone Machine Aug. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was not too impressed with the Mule Variations cd when it came out, so I was surprised that Blood Money was soo good. It definately has that haunted amusement park feel to it that I was looking for. Awesome CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bizarre set of Performance Pieces May 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
This release has not grown on me the way ALICE has. The music is Waits at his absolute weirdest, and that's saying something. Likely that's enough to attract legions of fans. Truth to tell, these songs have not stayed with me as ALICE's compositions have. I find myself fast forwarding or skipping through pieces like "Calliope", and thematically, the whole project just comes off as soundtrack music for Charles Bukowski nightmares. A worthy project, but certainly niche music for art students.
Again, the music is meant to accompany some sort of theatrical piece by Robert Wilson. Maybe in context, this would rivet me more, but on its own, a couple of times through this now over the course of the past year and I doubt that I'll listen to it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cap'n FunnyVoice April 3 2003
By "jcs3f"
Format:Audio CD
This album is great! I laughed and laughed everytime that guy stuttered out another line. Sounded like he was trying to sing with a mouth full of marbles! Then he started talking about monkeys and whale bellies, I nearly cried. Remember Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder? Remember the scene where the monster tries to sing a musical review on stage? That song about Coney Island totally reminded me of Frankenstein's vocal range.
Not to mention the faces he makes in his production photos! I've made enlarged photocopies and placed them all over my room. I wish they sold Tom Waits masks during Halloween. I would put one on and growl mytheritherytherofthewurl! everytime someone opened their door. As is, I am practicing my Tom Waits face daily. It helps when I'm hung over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating! March 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is my first Tom Waits CD that I ever listened to, although I was familiar with the man from his 'End of Violence' soundtrack entry 'Little Drop of Poisen'. This album definately takes one or two listens to get into, but once you do you're mesmerized. Tom's voice is so harsh that it borders on unlistenable, yet it's set to such often lovely melodies that it becomes a thing of beauty. The songs all have an ominous edge to them, with a creepy circus motif as Waits wails on the calliope, but each tells a story that I found completely intoxicating. My favourite track has to be 'Starving in the Belly of the Whale'. I've heard people call Waits a genius, and my vote is still out on that, but I do know that I really enjoyed this album and can't wait to hear more from him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly destroys its opposers Jan. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
Take every feeble, over-saturated, half-a**ed attempt at music being played on modern radio today and CRAM IT.
This is music in its purest, most raw, and above all, most ENTERTAINING forms. No sniveling, money-grubbing producers manipulating from behind the scenes. No whiney "teen heart-throbs" wailing with "emotion" through a computer over a drum machine. No thirty-year old "punks rockers" singing about bodily functions. No retro "garage" [stuff]. No rappers. Nothing. Just brilliant poetry, and beautiful yet bizarre and almost unnerving songs.
How to describe it? It's a bit of everything I love Tom Waits for. It's got what I call "cluttered jazz" mixed with show tunes, ballads, and oompah mutant pirate music. It's weird, noisey, funny, and depressing all at once. The songs are often simple and somewhat repetetive, but still no one could pull them off the way Waits does.
I'd just like to add my thoughts on how unbelievably stupid you have to be to complain about Tom Waits' voice. He sounds "gruff", "out of tune", or "like Cookie Monster". I suppose you'd rather listen to "Starving in the Belly of a Whale" with Luciano Pavarotti at the helm? Puh-LEEEZE. Waits gets weirder with age, and compensates for that fact by writing weird music which his rugged and occasionally cartoonish voice complements PERFECTLY. Hopefully, Tom will continue to defy the complaints of these so-called fans who expect for him to write "Rain Dogs" over and over album after album.
In summary: a beautiful, catchy album. You buy now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Of 2002 List #6 (tie with Alice) Jan. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
I firmly believe that someone above (or within, or whatever) is holding me back from hearing certain artists until they know I'm ready. I've heard the name Tom Waits in many places for many years but it wasn't until this year when I was walking around a local Sam Goody, of all places, that I actually heard the man. It took only a couple of listens of Bloody Money for him to draw me into a more atmoshperic and artistic version of the dark carnival that the Insane Clown Posse have been promising me for years. Tom barks more than he sings and he writes words that could not be performed as perfectly by anyone else. Of the two albums he released this year I find that Blood Money only beats the more tortoisetic Alice by a hair. Even with his distinct sound, the albums are quite literally as different as night and day-- although I would be hard pressed to say which was which. From songs like Misery's The River Of The World and God's Away On Buisness from Blood Money to Alice from Alice, Tom paints a landscape that you will enjoy wandering around again and again. This is an artist whose collection I plan on delving much deeper into in the coming years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S FUN TO BE DOWN
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by writeradj@aol.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Money and Alice -- You Want Both
Tom Waits... There is something to be said about an artist that I specifically put on at full volume on Halloween to scare children, and who's music I find so moving that at times... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by Laura M. Witkowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Still can't find the mold they made him from
I discovered Tom Waits back when I was in college, which I shudder to think is now twenty-five years ago. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by elvistcob@lvcm.com
5.0 out of 5 stars This green world
chilling, soul tingling tales of love, lust, loss, and languish.
That haunting, smoky, philosophy spinning voice is one of the most savory products this strange universe has... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars Show stopping
I just saw Wilson's (& Waits's) version of "Woyzeck" last night. I am definitely buying the cd. The music made the production. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2002 by GWD
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Harbour
This CD is the yang to Alice's Yin. Kathleen and Tom are such
unique song writers. This one really reminds me of SWORDFISH
TROMBONES. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by P. Flannigan
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