:: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 ::
New Tom Waits album, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
The new 56-track Tom Waits album, Orphans, is out, much to the joy of the Thin Black Duke and Drake (who gives us his take on the album).

I'm still trying to decide what to think about Orphans. I've given the tracks a listen, off and on, this morning, and earlier I plucked a couple of the advance tracks, courtesy of eMusic. Still, although I've been a fan of Waits ever since I first heard "Step Right Up" way back in college, I can't bring myself to buy this whole thing. Yes, the songwriting -- such that I've heard -- is stellar. He speaks up for the disenfranchised, which is always a plus in my book. But a little bit of Tom's gruff singing goes a long way. Then again, he does cover two Ramones tracks, so that's another plus. Hmmm. What to do?

For now, I'm going to cherry-pick a few tracks and see if I warm up to them over the long weekend.

Meanwhile, here are some other views from people who have lent an ear:

  • From Monsters and Critics: "Waits swings for the fences and scores."

  • From Bard of the Boneyard from Minneapolis City Pages: "Yes, Waits's music continues to sound pretty, he's still a paragon of cool, and he keeps the faith like no one else. ... [But] Orphans itself draws heavily from Waits's routine reservoir."

  • From cdreviews.com: "The deacon of the downtrodden, the shaman of gritty romanticism, the everyman’s swarthy-throated mongrel king—Tom Waits—has possibly made the finest album of this young millennium."

  • Rolling Stone gives it four stars.

  • Not really a review, but an interview with Waits from PopMatters.

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