Bad As Me
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Bad As Me

October 21, 2011

  Song Title
Raised Right Men
Talking At The Same Time
Get Lost
Face To The Highway
Pay Me
Back In The Crowd
Bad As Me
Kiss Me
Last Leaf
Hell Broke Luce
New Year's Eve

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  • 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,701 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars He greets all the new ones that come in green. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Earl B
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Tom Waits Gold 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tom Waits 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better November 28, 2012
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If you're a fan of the more experimental, post-"Heart Attack and Vine" Tom Waits, this will not disappoint. Waits is one of two-three artists I can think of who keeps pushing the envelope and getting better as he ages.

Full disclaimer, I'm biased: I believe Tom Waits is god as should be worshiped as such.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All of the elements of a classic Tom Waits album 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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This guy doesn't stop making good music. What more can I say? My favorite tracks are the gin soaked lullaby of "Kiss Me" and the ballad of real men everywhere "Raised... Read more
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Published 11 months ago by TONY FITZSIMMONS
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This was a gift for my husband, but I love this record. A true poet along the Bukowski lines with music added. Love the cd and would highly recommend it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by V. L. Hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
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Published 13 months ago by Jenifer E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Bad as me both met and exceeded my expectations because Tom waits is awesome. :-) My son's comments as it was a gift for him.
Published 14 months ago by spades
2.0 out of 5 stars Older Work is Better
Tom Waits is an acquired taste but in the end I think his older stuff is better than albums like this, his newer work. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars Waits gets better and better.
Waits is brilliant! With Bad as Me, he has put it all together. It is his best effort and his greatest contribution.
Published 15 months ago by Rob Merrifield
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album
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