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Bone Machine


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 8 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001DVZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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...
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By Serge A. Simard on June 4 2013
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I'm no expert on Tom Waits but I have three favorite albums: Swordfishtrombones, Mule Variations and yes, Bone Machine. I won't say we should all own these albums but if you like his voice, his presence, his music and the spoken word bits then you already know you'll find something you love in any of his other albums. Like I said, I'm no expert but I am truely a fan.
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By T. Bigney on July 26 2008
Format: Audio CD
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. Tom Waits told transcendent, cinematic stories set in barns, colosseums, nursing homes, bars and temperamental oceans from the viewpoints of religious alcoholics, hairy-chested ex-cons, embittered nonagenarians, jilted Ophelias and would-be suicides. Waits' wails were lizardly and warm throughout; Bone contains the finest showcase of his Frank-Oz-meets-Francisco-Goya pipes.

Although it's a mystic love song, "Earth Died Screaming" was scary enough to turn the staunchest global-warming skeptic into an environmentalist. No existential ballroom could clear its floor without Ralph Carney's mournful woodwinds accenting "Dirt in the Ground". The myths of Christ, Lucifer, Sleepy Hollow and Johnny Cash blend on the chiller "Black Wings", which suggested that saviors are born out of gossip. Joey Ramone would go on to cover "I Don't Wanna Grow Up", and Waits would go on to outlive the beautiful bastard. If you don't weep to the twilit sendoff "Who Are You", then I must ask who the hell you think you are; of course, the chorus' question could easily be turned on its consummate-actor source. Waits, Beck and Radiohead form the trifecta proving that the "Best Alternative" Grammy can get something right, but only Waits fisted every Yankee idiom into a stain-pocked opera gown.
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By J on Jan. 5 2007
Format: Audio CD
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 "wow.....that sounds like rattling bones!" This is one of Tom Waits' stream-of-consciousness monlogues songs, with odd, yet very solid and interesting rythm backing him. The next track, "Dirt In the Ground", is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I've always found that the flow in which Waits delivers his lyrics contributes significantly to the rythm of the song, and that is evident on this track. I find it to be very touching, with Tom using his self-described (tounge-in-cheek) "Prince voice", a higher register of his raspy vocals. This leads to a series of lesser tracks which I can only say I appreciate for their rythm, and "Who Are You" does have a nice melody.

After that, we have another of Waits' experimental pieces, similar to "9th & Hennepin" from Rain Dogs and "What's He Building" from Mule Variations. I have always enjoyed this piece, and it does especially suit the lyrics of the song (which, personally, I found mildly disturbing). Next, we have a stripped-down, gospel-blues number called "Jesus Gonna Be Here", in which Waits returns partially to his "Prince voice". I really like the rythm and vibe of this song, which I have tried to capture in one of my own recordings. "A Little Rain" I find very beutiful, especially the verse which goes "....she was 15 years old, and she'd seen the ocean.....she climbed into a van, with a vegabond.....and the last thing she said, was "I love you, mom"......and A Little Rain never hurt no one...." Personally, this brings to mind 1960's southern California, in which a young girl is climbing into the back of a van with some shady characters, while storm clouds loom near by.
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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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