Blood Money

Tom Waits - Blood Money
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Based on 7 reviews
2002 Ratings: #64 / 186
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Based on 98 ratings
2002 Ratings: #35
May 7, 2002 / Release Date
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First tom waits album
Waits' Blood Money is a late-stage wonder for its surprisingly great lyrics and touching performances. Despite the aggressive stance shown on the front cover, it is a showcase of his tame side, with the legendary singer/songwriter displaying a more mellow, contemplative and yet really gloomy approach for the most part, taking his dystopian blues to even higher planes. It is a deeply moving record, but only if you let yourself be taken in by Waits' strange and off-putting world.
Turns out a Tom Waits ‘by the numbers’ album isn’t too bad a thing at all.
Never would have thought that Cookie Monster would make such an interesting album. Seriously though, this is a God tier project.
I've gained a new appreciation for this album since actually taking the time to listen to Waits' discography. I now understand more of his style and what made this album so special to begin with.

Waits is probably at his most Nhilistic here with the loud and sultry instrumentation playing a big role in isolating his rabid and harsh vocals; especially on tracks like "God's Away on Business" and "Starving in the Belly of a Whale".

However, this project also excels in ... read more
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