Bad As Me: the album,
the single, the aesthetic.
By Blurt Staff
Today, Tom Waits’ official website has been hosting the
not-so-private “TOM WAITS PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY” for his first studio album
of all new material in seven years, Bad
As Me. It’s also on YouTube for the edification of the masses.
The new single, “Bad As Me,“ arrived today at digital retailers and it marks the return of the
horns for Waits with the opening growl of baritone sax alongside a piano tango,
Cuban electric guitar line, a fat and percussive drum beat and a rockabilly
Oct. 25 is the release date for the new album and features
13 all new tracks and a deluxe version that will include an additional 3 new
songs and a 40 page book of lyrics and photos taken by Waits himself. It will
also be available on 180 gram vinyl which will include the LP and CD, plus
full-size 12-page book. Below is the official word from the Waits camp on the album. Enjoy!
Bad As Me is Tom Waits’
first studio album of all new music in seven years. This pivotal work refines
the music that has come before and signals a new direction. Waits, in possibly
the finest voice of his career, worked with a veteran team of gifted musicians
and longtime co-writer/producer Kathleen Brennan. From the opening horn-fueled
chug of “Chicago,”
to the closing barroom chorale of “New Year’s Eve,” Bad As Me displays the full
career range of Waits’ songwriting, from beautiful ballads like “Last Leaf,” to
the avant cinematic soundscape of “Hell Broke Luce,” a battlefront dispatch. On
tracks like “Talking at the Same Time,” Waits shows off a supple falsetto,
while on blues burners like “Raised Right Men” and the gospel tinged
“Satisfied” he spits, stutters and howls. Like a good boxer, these songs are
lean and mean, with strong hooks and tight running times. A pervasive sense of
players delighting in each other’s musical company brings a feeling of loose
joy even to the album’s saddest songs.