Bad As Me by Tom Waits was his seventeenth album and was released in 2011. It was lauded by critics and fans alike. It brings together all the styles Waits has used throughout his career, from his early, more straight-forward songwriting to his later avant-garde approach. It also features a wide range of guest musicians from Keith Richards and Charlie Musselwhite to Flea and Les Claypool.
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It's an exciting day for us at Norman Towers v2.0 today. Tom Waits's brand new LP just showed up! This is his first studio outing in seven years, but Waits is still yet to disappoint with his oft-imitated-but-never-improved-upon trademark gravelly growl taking the fore in these gnarled mutant blues-pop songs, big band shuffles and smoky bar-room torch songs ('Kiss Me' and 'Last Leaf' sound like they could've come straight off Blue Valentine). There's plenty of the theatrical and bombastic Alice-style weirdness that he's become more known for of late on the likes of 'Hell Broke Luce', but this is a more melodic and accessible collection than he's brought out in many years. Mood-wise that recent Glitter and Dust live CD that came out is a good comparison, with balladeering and crunchy blues being the primary points of focus. He sounds like he's having a lot of fun, especially on the Nick Cave-esque swampy gospel blues of Raised Right Men. He's put together quite a backing band, too...his son Casey does a superb job on the drums, Keith Richard pops up on guitar on a handful of tracks, and Flea and Les Claypool both have their say in the bass department. The packaging's beautiful too. The 180g LPs come with a full-size colour printed booklet and CD copy of the album and initial deluxe copies of the CD version come packaged in a 40-page hardback book with a three-song bonus disc. Both formats look and sound phenomenal. This will no doubt shoot effortlessly into my year-end top ten, but you really shouldn't need me to tell you that you need this one.
Yes. Mr Waits is the best. On repeat all day. ALL ABOARD!
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