AOTY 2017
Bad as Me
Tom Waits - Bad as Me
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2011 Ratings: #9 / 892
Year End Rank: #18
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2011 Ratings: #33
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Bad As Me is entry-level Waits for newcomers, and for longtime fans it’s a fun reminder of Waits’ ability to be a badass when necessary.

90
musicOMH

When he's on form, which he is on many tracks on Bad As Me, Waits can still be utterly spellbinding.

90
Consequence of Sound

He takes his fair turns at singing, as opposed to unearthing, and delivers some of his more satisfying softer moments in recent memory.

90
No Ripcord

Bad As Me is contained and precise with each of its 13 songs hitting its target full on.

90
Drowned in Sound

Bad As Me sees the performer reaching back into his bag of tricks to pull out a few favourites in a characteristically exhilarating, terrifying, heartbreaking, tear jerking, bone-rattling style.

Dec 10, 2017
CheapandLethal
50
Really uninspiring
Jun 21, 2017
PJ_0707
79
Another collection of ballads and rockers that is tight and vigorous. But one gets the idea that Tom has made this album before... quite a few times. Still a satisfying album from someone who has a discography full of them.
Jan 11, 2017
zaxapitsa
NR
Great fun, but to me he remains one of the best balladists ever.
Oct 22, 2015
SiberianBreaks
72
'Bad as Me' offers pretty much everything that makes Tom Waits so great, but I feel that there's nothing really standout about this album. Unlike his other stuff, this one kinda lacks an interesting theme or style. Still though, he couldn't make a bad album even if he tried.

Favourite tracks: Talking at the Same Time, Bad as Me, Hell Broke Luce
Track List
  1. Chicago 
  2. Raised Right Men 
  3. Talking at the Same Time 
  4. Get Lost 
  5. Face to the Highway 
  6. Pay Me 
  7. Back in the Crowd
  8. Bad as Me 
  9. Kiss Me 
  10. Satisfied 
  11. Last Leaf 
  12. Hell Broke Luce 
  13. New Year’s Eve
  14. She Stole the Blush (bonus track)
  15. Tell Me (bonus track) 
  16. After You Die (bonus track)


Added on: August 23, 2011