Bone Machine

Tom Waits - Bone Machine
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1992 Ratings: #24 / 344
User Score
Based on 174 ratings
1992 Ratings: #5
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September 8, 1992 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
Blues / Genres
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So, dear sir... You thought you knew all about sordid music? You thought you had scoured all the emotions buried in your bête noire and come back from so many macabre experiences that nothing could frighten you anymore? So, dear sir... have you ever ventured to turn on the Bone Machine?

In 1992, Isaac Asimov took his last breath. In 1992, Tom Waits pushed the limits of his art and released an album about death. No, he released THE album about death. ... read more
Relationship ended with "Fetch the Bolt Cutters"... Damn this is very very good.

I was recommended Tom Waits by a fellow gardener at my previous job (one I had before I started studying again). This colleague is a troubled human being, but the hilariously messed up stories of the crazy shit he has got up to were very raw and grounding for me.

I don't expect I will live a danger filled life, but I will try to live it as debauched as healthily possible!
[Genre: Blues]

One thing I love about this album is how the sound is in a way sort of similar to World Of Echo, the Ambient Pop album in which I loved the idea of and the general sound, but just couldn't get into it too much cause of it being a bit grating and a tad bit bloated. I still liked it though. However here... the maniacal vocals and trippy instrumentation just clash so well. The vocals usually take center-stage and throw you into this really dark and gritty atmosphere. Overall, it's ... read more
Dirt In The Ground is a masterpiece
When the apocalypse happens I'm gonna be playing the shit out of this album. Tom Waits brings some of his most mature songwriting ever on this album, and it's probably his best vocally too. It's an album about how life can have some crazy shit in it, and while every song is immensely different, the entire album maintains that vibe. A sad, apocalyptic death feeling. Tom definitely tapped into something deep here.
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Track List

  1. The Earth Died Screaming 
  2. Dirt In The Ground 
  3. Such A Scream 
  4. All Stripped Down 
  5. Who Are You This Time 
  6. The Ocean 
  7. Jesus Gonna Be Here 
  8. A Little Rain 
  9. In The Colosseum 
  10. Goin' Out West 
  11. Murder In The Red Barn 
  12. Black Wings 
  13. Whistle Down The Wind 
  14. I Don't Wanna Grow Up 
  15. Let Me Down Up On It 
  16. That Feel
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Added on: October 14, 2012