TOM WAITS ‘BAD AS ME’ AND OTHER NEW CD RECOMMENDATIONS

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Tom Waits may pay the mortgage as a musician, but he clearly has the heart of a junkman. With Waits, you get the sense that nothing ever truly gets thrown away—maybe pushed deeper back or buried beneath but never completely discarded or forgotten. On Bad As Me, Waits’ first collection of entirely new material since 2004’s clanging, scraping Real Gone, the once inebriated lounge act turned beatboxing junkman picks through the scrap metal and tire piles of his nearly 40-year career and shows that a shine can be salvaged from even the rustiest pieces.

Going back to the well is generally frowned upon, but given the depth of Waits’ well and the crispness and vitality drawn from it on Bad As Me, it hardly seems to warrant criticism that he has chosen to rummage through his past and revisit what he never had the heart, or mind, to throw away. Waits will always find different ways to bang on the same old thing or new ways to tell a familiar story. Bad As Me begins on a train and ends in a bar on New Year’s Eve. I’ll gladly take that journey with Tom Waits every time.Consequence of Sound

OTHER NEW CD RECOMMENDATIONS:

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Mumford & Sons Sigh No More
John Prine Singing Mailman Delivers
Dirty Projectors & Bjork Mount Wittenberg Orca
Deer Tick Divine Providence
Justice Audio Video Disco
Star Fucking Hipsters From The Dumpster To The Grave
Brian Wilson In The Key Of Disney

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