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Bad As Me

October 21, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 21, 2011
  • Release Date: October 21, 2011
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2011 Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 44:38
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  • ASIN: B005SMTD58
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,782 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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All in all, this is an excellent, excellent album proving Tom can still release relevant, intelligent music.
Fuzmeister
The things that I like most about the Tom Waits songs and albums that I love and listen to over and over are things I can find echos of in most of these songs as well.
S. White
This album goes for shorter songs and not as many of them as well as cherry picking different era's of Tom's career rather than having a particular direction.
Anapanasati

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106 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 24, 2011
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Anyone thumbing through Tim Adams revealing interview with Tom Waits in last weeks Observer (23/10/11) should also read the subsequent comments upon it by Waits aficionados who are a particularly articulate bunch. One summarizes his Waits infatuation with the immortal line that "Tom Waits. He's the Dad I never had, the brother who wouldn't play with me, and the sister with the strangely deep voice". You know what he means. Tom Waits is both a one-man history of American music but also a vivid reflection of our lives ribald joys, drunken disasters, tender moments and defeated heartaches. He is a first class honours American maverick and the most genuinely original artist in modern rock music. On "Bad as me" he is back in over powering form and rocking harder than he has done for years. "Anyone who has ever played a piano," Waits has previously stated, "would really like to hear how it sounds when dropped from a 12th-floor window" and on his 17th album he does on occasions make a mighty racket. He is helped in this task by the presence on the album of his wife Kathleen Brennan, guitarist Marc Ribot, Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a previous collaborator that other old blues reprobate Keith Richards.

The album starts with "Chicago" a roaring blast of horns and fast chops which sees Waits in fine voice and doing a Casey Jones style "all aboard" chant. He follows it by outdoing Nick Cave in the dirty blues stakes with "Raised Right Man" where Waits exclaims "Heavens to murkatroid/Miners to coal/A good women can make a diamond out of a measly lump of coal".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Earl B on December 20, 2011
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... in other words, it's distilled essence of Tom, and it's pretty much perfect. You can't listen to it (well I can't) without grinning. So THAT'S what he's been building.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Orloski on November 8, 2011
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After listening to the groaning beautiful voice on "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack particularly "The Fall of Troy," I purchased my first-ever works by Tom Waits, the double-header release of "Blood Money" and "Alice." Soon, lyrics like "misery is the river of the world;" wild incomprehensible shouts of "Zelbuchlesch!"; "as far as a monkey could climb, the more you see it's tail;" & "everybody row!" incredibly became benchmarks for how far gone & into Waits I became. In fact, so far gone was I that my wife emphatically suggested I move our c.d. player into the cellar.

In "Bad as me, " Waits hammers more nails into the cross on which fans are hooked. "Kiss me" is a beautiful song -- I sensed Waits was singing to the piano that's sobering-up after endless nights of drinking. The wildness of "Satisfied" --doubtless music lovers are never satisfied, more is always desired, and Waits is "grieving satisfaction," & its fairly sensible to believe Mr. Wait's will be "carousin" when he's a "thousand."

'Ya gotta inject some "Bad as me" into the madness of lousy jobs, failed relationships, etcetera, and one cannot but enjoy "Last Leaf," listen to the last gasps of a reflective life hanging-limp upon a branch, laugh when Waits says he's "been here since Eisenhower," and I for one believe the artist has found who "puts flowers on a flower's grave."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2011
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I don't have a long review or much to say, but Tom Waits is back in rocking form with this album. From the swing-ish "Satisfied" to the harsh and poignant "Hell Broke Luce" the album is a trip from beginning to end. It's a return to the Tom Waits of fifteen years ago, sounds fantastic, and is well worth your time and money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 17, 2012
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I really wanted to like this new album, hoped I would like, and kept playing it again and again, but every time I felt: I've heard this all before. The same old thing again. Tom Waits doing his drunken sailor schtick, and doing it well ... but it's starting to bore me. On the surface this album "sounds" good and has all the ingredients most fans know and love about Waits and his music. But it's too predictable. Nothing on here surprises me or excites me. As another reviewer noted, previous Waits albums like "Rain Dogs", "Swordfishtrombones" and even "Mule Variations" were classics, packed with memorable tunes. But on "Bad as Me" I don't hear anything remotely as great as the best tunes on those older albums. Maybe some fans will be satisfied with this album, maybe even very happy or ecstatic to hear new Tom Waits songs again. But for me, he is starting to sound like a parody of himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JM Bunkin on December 5, 2012
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If you're a Tom Waits fan this is a good album to add to your collection. A sweet selection of songs on this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By spartucusjones on December 23, 2011
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Initially this was a challenging album to approach (I'm not talking about the music, because Waits music by its very nature is challenging to the uninitiated). The problem lies with the fact that when you have a true musical icon like Waits you naturally make comparisons to the classic definitive albums of the past. That being said this album holds up extremely well in the Waits catalog. It is truly refreshing that after nearly 40 years of recorded music he continues to be a relevant and creative presence who refuses to rest on his laurels.

The album has all of the elements of a classic Tom Waits album. It features raucous tunes (like Chicago), the avant garde (Hell Broke Luce) and poignant ballads (Last Leaf). He evens displays a surprising falsetto on Talking at the Same Time (one of the albums more enduring moments). Like his best work it is eclectic but cohesive. For someone who has been making music as long as Waits it is amazing he can display such youthful exuberance. Even with the album's sadder moments this is a truly life affirming album. Waits continues to be one of the greatest living songwriters.
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