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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|
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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Earth Died Screaming- Salvador Dali set to a clanking refrain of percussion. Perhaps the most warped peice of genius on te entire album.
Dirt In The Ground- Wavering, piano driven dirge that pulls the listener into its dark and twisted picture of death. Brilliant imagery.
Such a Scream- It clanks, it screams, it weezes, ITS THE QUENTESSENTIAL TOM WAITS SONG!
All Stripped Down- Delta blues mixed with Lo-Fi techno with just enough apocalyptic imagery to satisfy everyone.
Who Are You- The first real "ballad" of the album.Read more ›
Other notable songs are "Who Are You," the raunchy "Goin Out West," "Black Wings" (containing some of the most resonant guitar Waits ever committed to tape), and the playful "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," which is a pessimistic view of life which sounds like it was written by a 5-year old with a tinge of Waits' realism and imagery. Of course there's also the suicide note "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me," the soulful "Jesus Is Gonna Be Here," and the album's closing track, a duet with Keith Richards "That Feel," a drunken-bluesy singalong. Listener beware; this is a very disturbing album, and if you think Rain Dogs or Swordfishtrombones was disturbing enough, this is the absolute epitome of disturbing. Not for the weak, or the timid... only those daring enough to explore Waits' music wth an open mind and endurance will be able to handle this album.
So sings Waits in the opening song to this album. This judgment-day theme continues in many of the songs on the first half ("Dirt in the Ground") ("All Stripped Down") ("Jesus Gonna Be Here") Set to unconventional percussion (done by Waits himself), a few hints of country twang, and a few piano ballads, "Bone Machine" keeps the variety without sounding like he's going out of his way to do so. It gives his voice -- which is limited to a) falsetto, b) growl, and c) raspy baritone -- a wide range of material to work with.
For anyone who likes stories in the form of song in the best way possible, I would recommend "Muder in the Red Barn". Led by a minimalist banjo accompaniment, this song winds its way through to its conclusion in the same drawl way as the lyrics do: "Now the woods will never tell/What sleeps beneath the trees/Or what's buried 'neath a rock/Or hiding in the leaves/'Cause road kill has its seasons/Just like everything/It's possums in the autumn/And it's farm cats in the spring".
The last few songs on the album bring the focus from the apocalyptic to the personal, and about a person's confrontation with his own fate. ("Whistlin' down the wind", "I don't wanna grow up", "That feel") While his somewhat loopy photo on the album cover and his distinctive voice may give the impression that this is Mojo Nixon with a head cold, Waits has a far more serious take on his music, and the stuff that's "out there" musically has a context that anyone can relate to.
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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...Published on Nov. 15 2013 by doc
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2007 by J
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. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Chris 'raging bill' Burton
This album is, very easily, the most "Tom Waits" album you can find. This is Tom Waits at his most original. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Moishe
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. Read morePublished on March 29 2004
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by HMH
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by Dokter Pogo
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Anapanasati