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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Money and Alice -- You Want Both Dec 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 it brings me to tears. That somewhat describes the artist that is Tom Waits. This year, he followed up 1999's Mule Variations with TWO new albums of music. Alice and Blood Money, although complimentary, are two separate and fantastic albums. Alice has a fantastical and fictional feel - as if Through the Looking-Glass met with Where the Wild Things Are; a peek into a world where things are not as they seem and the characters lurking inside are as fascinating as they are freakish. Tracks like, "Table-Top Joe" and "We're All Mad Here" compliment the freakish side, while the wistful and sad numbers like "Barcarolle" and "Fish and Bird" shows the true beauty of the wonderland that Waits has created. Blood Money, on the other hand, is like a trip to hell carefully narrated and brought to life by Waits' voice, lyrics and instrumentation. With tracks like, "God's Away On Business" and "Everything Goes to Hell," it's pretty easy to find yourself trapped on Waits' demonic calliope. Both albums offer a glimpse of Waits as frightfully fantastic and humbly sincere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This green world Nov. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 spawned. There are things in life that can be highly enjoyable: beer drinking, pipe smoking, and listening to Tom Waits are pleasures that come to mind.
I find Tom Waits a pleasure on days when the sky is blue and the the sun is shining bright. Birds do not whistle as beautifully as Waits.
These are deep, thoughtful tunes that make you think and feel. Poetry set to the beat of time, Waits stirs the heart and brings you into realms of far away places where the women are so beautiful you can taste it and scenery is always doing something for you.
Hearts may be broken while dark shadows and pain are just around the corner - but somehow through it all love endures and permeates it all. Tom Waits is always there with that indomitable cynical grin and his hands on the perfect keys.
Soothing melodies and mischievous, insightful lyrics reveal the mad genius of Waits, rendered as wonderful as ever in this powerful, jolting & soothing work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yup, it's good all right. Sept. 1 2002
By GeoX
Format:Audio CD
Have I mentioned how overjoyed I am that Waits has bounced back after the mediocrity of Mule Variations? Well, I am. Very much so indeed. Blood Money probably is marginally less of an acheivement than Alice, but really--who could possibly care? It's still more than good enough.
I'll be honest: I could easily live without 'Coney Island Baby.' It's the ol' obligatory "sensitive side" song, but it feels kind of desultory. 'Jersey Girl' it ain't. 'All the World is Green' and 'The Part You Throw Away' do the trick quite nicely here in terms of more subdued songs.
But, of course, that's only half the fun; the more twisted material here rocks me senseless--when I first played the album and heard the opening of 'Misery's the River of the World,' I couldn't keep from grinning broadly--yeah, this, I could tell, was definitely the stuff. 'God's Away on Business' and 'Starving in the Belly of the Whale' are also excellent. Does he "mean" it? Who cares? Has he "meant" any of his personae? The point is, the songs are great, and he performs them with utter conviction. Would you rather it sound like a latterday Nick Cave album--ever-so-restrained, ever-so-tasteful, and ever-so-boring? I think not.
Sure, there are a few inessential tracks, but rare is the entirely consistent Waits album, and this is really as good as one could hope. Furthermore, some of the seemingly weak tracks grow on you--I was indifferent to it at first, but now I must say that 'Another Man's Vine' is one of the greatest things ever.
Let's face it: there is no single musician working today whose career has been as long, creative, and consistently thrilling than that of Waits. Let's just be thankful he's aged so well, eh?
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4.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as alice
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by mellowgold
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S FUN TO BE DOWN
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by writeradj@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tom Waits cd since Bone Machine
I was not too impressed with the Mule Variations cd when it came out, so I was surprised that Blood Money was soo good. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by Jonathan Royer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bizarre set of Performance Pieces
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. Read more
Published on May 4 2003 by o dubhthaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Cap'n FunnyVoice
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! Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by "jcs3f"
5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating!
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'. Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by Benjamin Denes
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 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. 24 2002 by P. Flannigan
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