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OrphansIn his 30 years of making music, Tom Waits has fashioned an evocatively scabby America, filled with hard-luck cases hollering blues and wheezing ballads...OrphansRockIn his 30 years of making music, Tom Waits has fashioned an evocatively scabby America, filled with hard-luck cases hollering blues and wheezing ballads...2006-11-27

(Tom Waits: Michael O'brien)

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Orphans

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Tom Waits; Producer (group): Anti-

In his 30 years of making music, Tom Waits has fashioned an evocatively scabby America, filled with hard-luck cases hollering blues and wheezing ballads. The three-CD set Orphans, built from new, old, and rare recordings, adds a truckload of characters to his dramatis personae. Some come via covers, including one Brecht song and two by the Ramones (!). But the bulk are Waits’, often dressed in scrap-yard percussion and sublime guitar noise, each — from hobo to suicide bomber — familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy.

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