Wednesday, October 29, 2008

723. Tom Waits - Bone Machine (1992)

Track Listing

1. Earth Died Screaming
2. Dirt In The Ground
3. Such A Scream
4. All Stripped Down
5. Who Are You
6. The Ocean
7. Jesus Gonna Be Here
8. A Little Rain
9. In The Colosseum
10. Goin' Out West
11. Murder In The Red Barn
12. Black Wings
13. Whistle Down The Wind
14. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
15. Let Me Down Up On It
16. That Feel


Another album from Tom Waits and another great album on this particular stretch of the list. Even if it is a great album it isn't as great as Rain Dogs and Swordfishtrombones, but then what is?

Waits gives us an album which might be more cohesive than his previous efforts but is also bleaker, there are less moments of sheer beauty here, but they do shine through sometimes, like little rays of light in the middle of the greyness of the album. The title of the album is very appropriate, not only are most of the tracks about death, they are often sound like jangling bones, with that very organic percussion sound.

So in the end if falls short of Rain Dogs and Swordfishtrombones, but it is still a pretty magnificent album. Waits seems to experiment even more with his voice here, if such a thing is possible, and he does have one of the most interesting vocal instruments out there.

Track Highlights

1. Dirt In The Ground
2. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
3. Murder In The Red Barn
4. Goin' Out West

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Album opener "Earth Died Screaming" is featured in the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys, while "Jesus Gonna Be Here" is featured in the 2005 film Domino, in which Waits himself appears. "Goin' Out West" is featured in the 1999 film Fight Club and has been covered by Queens of the Stone Age, Gomez, Widespread Panic, and Australian band, The Dissociatives. "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" was covered by The Ramones for their last album, Adios Amigos, by Petra Haden and Bill Frisell on their album collaboration Petra Haden & Bill Frisell (2003), with a recent version on Hayes Carll's Trouble In Mind (2008), and by Scarlett Johansson on her debut album, Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008).

I Don't Wanna Grow Up:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

HAve you had chance to hear "Frank's Wild Years", which is the final album in the Rain Dogs informal trilogy? Whiel not as good as the other two it does complete it nicely and then there's Big Time, which is a live album (and rarely seen movie) of the live shows he toured for it.

Waits is highly neglected and deserves far more praise than he usually gets, so I'm glad to see you giving him high marks.