AOTY 2019

Real Gone

Tom Waits - Real Gone
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Based on 16 reviews
2004 Ratings: #190 / 364
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Based on 55 ratings
2004 Ratings: #54
October 5, 2004 / Release Date
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Epitaph / Label
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What I view as the apex of Tom Waits career, "Real Gone" is a project that will keep your interest and even shock you all the way through it's run time.

Waits seemingly found a way to blend the best aspects of his last three studio albums (Alice, Blood Money, and Mule Variations) into one extreamly expermintatal package that keeps the listener on their toes.

Waits' subject matter is as nihilistic as ever, but he finds a way to blend that nihilistic tone with beautiful ... read more
This is by no means an easy album. If you're looking to get into Tom Waits and you've found this album first, look elsewhere. Definitely one for well established fans. Particularly horrifying, guttural, and raw. Tom does what he does, and he does it like no other.
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