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Editors’ Notes

Now that his high weirdness has been accepted, acclaimed, and even loved, Tom Waits meets us halfway for Bad as Me, his first new studio album in seven years. He’s still America’s craziest uncle, blasting through the pavement with a howl that dreams of Captain Beefheart and Howlin’ Wolf, but he also offers touches of genuine warmth, where his gruff exterior yields to his human heart. “Pay Me” is a piano ballad that opens with the hilarious but all-too-true line “They pay me not to come home.” But while Waits gets his freak on with the stinging power of urban electric blues on the full-bodied “Raised Right Men,” he’s weeping alongside his fellow man on the falsetto ache of “Talking at the Same Time,” where he nails life in 2011. Horns throw the title track into a tough lurch that’s reminiscent of Heartattack and Vine. Keith Richards guests, especially on the humorous “Satisfied.” Tom’s son, Casey Waits, keeps a muscular beat. When Waits has his mojo working, he’s positively scary-good. And be forewarned; he’s got his mojo working here. The deluxe edition includes three additional worthwhile tracks.

Customer Reviews

Now is the time...

If you're already in love with Tom Waits' music, then you will have already downloaded this. But if you've heard the name before, and are at all interested to hear the music too, now is the time! This is a superb album of crafted songs, which weave together to create the narrative that a proper album requires. I'm really enjoying it! And I haven't felt that way about a new album for quite a while :-)


Honestly...61, making an album like this? Plenty make 'good' records at such an advanced age, but to produce something like this takes a special kind of voodoo.

Something in the air

There must be something in the air - brilliant albums from Ryan Adams, Wilco, Paul Simon and now Tom Waits.

This is accessible Tom and very enjoyable. Great lyrics, fantastic musicianship (with a few noteable players), and some beautiful ballads. A good place for those new to the wonders of Tom Waits to begin. Let me also recommend Blood Money and my favourite, Swordfishtrombones.

Tom Waits is unique. Many would place him beside Bod Dylan, Leonard Cohen. and the like, but his styles and lyrical sense are very different. You really must explore his back catalogue if you like this.


Born: 07 December 1949 in Pomona, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the 1970s, Tom Waits combined a lyrical focus on desperate, low-life characters with a persona that seemed to embody the same lifestyle, which he sang about in a raspy, gravelly voice. From the '80s on, his work became increasingly theatrical as he moved into acting and composing. Growing up in Southern California, Waits attracted the attention of manager Herb Cohen, who also handled Frank Zappa, and was signed by him at the beginning of the 1970s, resulting in the material later released as The...
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