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Blood Money is based on the socio-political play Woyzeck, originally written by German poet Georg Buchner in 1837. Waits and wife Kathleen Brennan wrote these songs for the Robert Wilson production that premiered in November 2000 and went on to win Denmark’s version of the Tony for Best Musical. This album was released in 2002 along with another Waits-Brennan-Wilson collaboration, Alice, but where Alice was a muted, romantic affair, Blood Money feels more like a “traditional” Tom Waits album. Press materials describe it as “a dark morality play where Tin Pan Alley meets the Weimar Republic,” a perfect description for the twisted shenanigans Waits employs throughout. His black humor is never in greater effect than on self-explanatory tracks such as “Misery Is the River of the World,” “Everything Goes to Hell,” “God’s Away on Business,” and “A Good Man Is Hard To Find,” where the fate of the world is doomed and mostly good for a sardonic laugh. Altogether an idiosyncratic collection of tunes that seem to have come from another era altogether.

Customer Reviews

Ignore cman44's review

If you aren't a Tom Waits fan...then do not rate his work. Cman44 did a great disservice to a man who is quite possibly the best songwriter who ever lived. Clearly cmann44 does not "get" Mr. Waits and that's okay. For the rest of us who do "get" Mr. Waits, we will appreciate this album.

Daddy's never coming back.

Some people "tisk" me on this, but this is one of my favorite Waits records. Blood Money comes alive in front of you. It sounds so organic and real. It's the same magic of Alice but with more fire. Frown on me all you want, but I like this better than Alice! So much more menacing and primal. A little more fun... FAVORITE TRACK: Starving in the Belly of a Whale

Wow... Just, wow...

I'd heard of Tom Waits. Then I heard Tom Waits. Now I understand Tom Waits. This album is a boozy, bluesy, dark ragtime soul searching expedition. Absolutely amazing. I would recommend listening to this throughout, and allowing it to grow in front of you. Maybe my description doesnt do this justice. I dont think anyones description can. I dont think they have any words in any language to truly describe the way this music can hit you.


Born: December 7, 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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