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Posted October 1, 2010
Good, but not fantastic
I am truly a devout Tom Waits fan, and I must say that these two new works (Blood Money and Alice) are great accomplishments. However, I don not agree that this is some of Tom's strongest material, as mentioned in a number of other reviews. The dark and foreboding world addressed in both these albums limits the content significantly. Subsequently, the songs sound more alike than any recent Waits release. I realize militant Waits fans will disagree, but play Blood Money against something as varied and expansive as Frank's Wild Years, Rain Dogs or Mule Variations and you'll see my point. Obviously these two new works are themed by story more than the standard studio albums, as they are meant to accompany theatrical works. I'm sure the theatrical works are dazzling, but since here we are supplied only with the audio, it comes across as a little repetitive. Tom Waits brilliance lies in his descriptions and the creation of the musical atmosphere in a world that he creates, rather than describing the world or work of others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2009
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