Artist: Tom Waits
Album: Bad As Me
To be honest I’ve been sitting on this album for a little while; I find Tom Waits albums need time to sink-in. Waits’ newest album, Bad as Me is a very welcome release as there had been a long enough break between it and the 2006 three-disc rarities collection, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards that some doubt was cultivated over whether or not he would actually record a new album. Bad as Me is Waits in full-on broken-blues vaudeville act form, and it comes off stronger on this album than it has in the past. The title track and “Hell Broke Luce” are two fine examples of how successful it can be, and the opener “Chicago” stands as not only one of his finest openers, but also one of the finest album openers in general.
Bad as Me is a strong album that comfortable fits within Waits’ catalogue, and if you’ve been a fan for this long this album isn’t going to change that. It’s nice to have Tom Waits back on the radio—not mainstream radio, of course, but he’s out there.