Tom Waits - Bad as Me
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2011 Ratings: #5 / 907
Year End Rank: #19
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Based on 79 ratings
2011 Ratings: #67
October 25, 2011 / Release Date
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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.

88
Beats Per Minute

Unlike so many elder statesmen who reach a point of clear decline, Waits has seemingly yet to come anywhere near that point.

MinatoArisato
35
Yeah I get the appeal of this record but it really just doesn't do anything for me. Nothing on this album shows anything new from Waits and it's just boring. Waits' voice is that same gritty voice it's always been but it just doesn't add to anything on this record.

Best Track: Hell Broke Luce
Worst Track: Last Leaf
CheapandLethal
50
Really uninspiring
DrGonzo86
89
Plays like a best of Tom Waits compilation album, although it's entirely new material. Next to Mule Variations, it's probably the most accessible of all his Anti releases to newcomers.
zaxapitsa
NR
Great fun, but to me he remains one of the best balladists ever.
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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)
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Added on: August 23, 2011