Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
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Based on 13 reviews
2006 Ratings: #8 / 614
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Based on 40 ratings
November 21, 2006 / Release Date
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Beso00
90
Long as it is, It is fascinating.
Z.Younk
91
Hard to choose a favorite between Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, but contained is something for everyone. Waits's mastery of styles blended seamlessly by the dark themes and character-narratives of the shanty-songs.
tha138
81
A collection, consisted of three sub-collections, that constitutes, probably the best assemblage of outtakes (plus some new recordings) around!
Suggested for constant listening.
DrGonzo86
81
The only thing that drags the score down on this otherwise perfect collection is the third collection of songs, 'Bastards'. I appreciate the tracks on this part of the set, as it's always a pleasure to have any insight of the genius that is Tom Waits. However, they don't hold up as an album. They are what they are...bastards. A loose collection of odds and sods that fell through the gaps, and in that regard are still gems to behold.

On the other hand, Brawlers and Bawlers are immense. You ... read more
MarkCooper
83
Has a boatload of gems from his vast discography. Yes, it's long, and could never be as organized or edited to the standard of a true album of his. But for what it's worth (and it's worth as much as a collection of B-sides over the course of 30 years), it's superior to any other release of its nature I've heard from any other artist.

Only Tom could pull off a project like this, mostly due to his sound, which already has a timepiece element to it. Even a brand-new album by Tom Waits still ... read more
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