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Bone Machine

Tom Waits Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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1. Earth Died Screaming
2. Dirt In The Ground
3. Such A Scream
4. All Stripped Down
5. Who Are You
6. The Ocean Doesn't Want Me
7. Jesus Gonna Be Here
8. A Little Rain
9. In The Colosseum
10. Goin' Out West
11. Murder In The Red Barn
12. Black Wings
13. Whistle Down The Wind
14. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
15. Let Me Get Up On It
16. That Feel

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The abnormal has become the norm for Tom Waits, so, once again, Bone Machine is laden with odd timbres, archaic acoustics, and raw vocals. This time, however, Waits has built his songs around a Harry Partch-inspired fascination with primitive percussion. With a crew of Northern California musicians along to add spare adornments, Waits fashions pretty, sentimental tunes ("A Little Rain", Whistle Down the Wind") and hellish stampedes of clanging metal and hoarse shouting ("Earth Died Screaming", "Let Me Get Up on It", the latter the 53-second distillation of Bone Machine quintessence--just Waits distorted bellowing and banging. Bone Machine is both appalling and appealing. There are elements to this album that seem designed to drive away the faint of heart, and then there are melodies that melt in your hand. --Steve Stolder

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5.0 out of 5 stars And incredible and unique piece of music July 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was my first taste of Tom Waits (I've since got some other of his albums) and I have to say that this is one of the absolute finest albums I have ever heard. At times sad and delicate, other times loud, in your face and purposely devoid of melody, Bone Machine is an experimental, eclectic album that is unlike anything else I've discovered. There are elements of rock, blues and jazz (not instrumental jazz), but this is still unique and impossible to pigeon-hole into a particular genre.
The album opens with Earth Died Screaming, and loud, wierd and apocalyptic song that gives you a good impression of what is to come. The lyrics deal with the end of the world, only Waits is too busy thinking of his lover to notice ("The Earth died screaming while I lay dreaming - dreaming of you"). In essense though, the track is very representative of the experimental nature of the album and Waits incredible lyrics. When I say that Waits is perhaps the best lyricist I've ever heard, I am not exagerating. When coupled with Waits unique voice, at times shaky and emotional and at other times fierce and haunting, some of the greatest music I've ever heard is created.
The album is certainly not repetitive either, nor does it outstay its welcome. Earth Died Screaming, Jesus Gonna Be Here, In The Colloseum and Murder In The Red Barn are all loud, sometimes atonal percussion lead tracks with Waits growling and spitting out bizzare and sometimes scary imagery. All Stripped Down, Such A Scream, Going Out West and I Don't Wanna Grow Up are bluesy rock songs that make you want to bang your head (incidentally, Going Out West was the only other non-electronic track alongside The Pixies' Where Is My Mind used in the Fight Club soundtrack).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits' Most Waits May 14 2004
By Moishe
Format:Audio CD
This album is, very easily, the most "Tom Waits" album you can find. This is Tom Waits at his most original. From the already unnerving song titles ("Earth Died Screaming", "Such a Scream", "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me", "Murder in the Red Barn") you get an idea of what the record may sound like. However, "Bone Machine" is vastly different from any other Tom Waits release.
Instead of even a trap kit for drums, nearly every song employs Tom, Kathleen, and another musician playing "sticks" (as a comical sidenote, the three musicians are called 'The Boners') which literally sounds like a human skeleton being played like a xylophone. Then, the rest of the instrumentation is fairly low-key. If I had to assign instruments that could summarize this album, it would be "sticks", bass clarinet, and acoustic bass. The most essential part of this album is Tom's voice, which has never come closer to convincing half of America that he is dying of throat cancer. To add to the emotional rawness that Tom purveys through these songs, many of the time he sings in falsetto...you can imagine what THAT sounds like.
The songs are very blues-influenced on this album, but early blues. The instrumentation is "All Stripped Down", but extremely original. And if you haven't heard "Goin' Out West" yet, you are missing out on Tom Waits' coolest song ever.
This album is not for the light Waits fans. If you need an intro disc, get "Raindogs" or "Alice", don't start here. But for a Tom Waits fan, this may be his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!! March 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Let me state right off that there is no real bad Tom Waits album (well, ok , I never really got 'The black rider'). There are some that are better that the others. There is a huge difference between his early stuff, and his more mature works (post Swordfishtrombones). If you're new to Tom Waits start with something else (like Small Change). This album, however, has to rate as the most beautifully harrowing album he has ever come up with. It has been a difficult album for him to match, and he has not been able to thus far, though 'Mule Variations' is good enough. This album scares people (it certainly did me). But it rewards further listening. I am leaning towards saying that this is the best non-classical album I have ever heard, though it is in competition with 'Dark side of the moon' and 'Wish you were here'. I will not describe the songs, that has been done. If you like Tom Waits, and have heard, and liked, stuff from after Swordfishtrombones, then pick this up. Listen to it a few times before judging it. You will not be disappointed, even if you hate the album, you will have been exposed to something you will not get elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of nuts... Feb. 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Okay, to be honest, I only like 5 songs on here...but they are so good, they each deserve a star, hence the 5 star rating. Here they are..."Earth Died Screaming", "Such A Scream", "All Stripped Down", "Jesus Gonna Be Here", and "Going Out West". Those are 5 of the most classic Waits songs you'll ever hear. I especially like the part on the cd when Such A Scream kind of morphs into All Stripped Down...althoug I have no idea why. Listen to Jesus Gonna Be Here, as Tom gets his junk-joint vocals going, and the testosterone drive of Going Out West (I don't need no make-up, I got real scars...). The rest of the album really drags for me, but that is my opinion, and you are more than welcome to disagree. The slower piano songs do nothing for my inner weirdo, and neither does "I Don't Wanna Grow Up". Tom only tapped into his unique brilliance 5 times on this disc, but still, it is worth the price for the above-mentioned songs. Who knows? Maybe you will think the whole disc rocks and that I'm an uneducated idiot, which is probably mostly true...so go buy it now and thank me later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars waits - for afficionados only...
tom waits is an incredible lyricist, but you'll have to wade through some pretty dissonant tones before you can get to those poetic gems... for the hardcore, only...
Published 9 months ago by doc
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan
I'm no expert on Tom Waits but I have three favorite albums: Swordfishtrombones, Mule Variations and yes, Bone Machine. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Serge A. Simard
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
When all the grandpaboys made their death-is-coming-to-get-me albums in the 1990s (Reed's Magic & Loss, Dylan's Time Out of Mind, et al) only one of them didn't go all selfish. Read more
Published on July 26 2008 by T. Bigney
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
The way this album opens is strangely similar to the title of the album; "Bone Machine". Indeed, when "Earth Died Screaming" begins to fade in, the first thought I had was... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2007 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Bong chacka bong kling!!! URGH !
Waits create a world of whiskey soaked bone men, and step into it as the leading artist, with an everchanging voice. I really love the in-fading percussion in the first track. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by HMH
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissipointing to say the least.
Ok you got like 6 decent songs and alot of boring ones two. Seriously stripped down. I like lo-fi albums, but this goes to far at times. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Anapanasati
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Shocking . . . and Vintage Waits
Tom Waits is the singer/songwriter on whom I can always rely to scare the heck out of my family and college friends. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Robert C. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album I've Ever Heard
I'm not kidding or exaggerating. I put this with The Beatles White Album, Captain Beefheart's Lick My Decals Off Baby, and T. Rex's The Slider. No kidding. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Ian Halloran
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Dont Wanna' Grow Up!"
This album has totally blown me away. First Time really listening to Tom Waits and This stuff is Excellent. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004
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