Without abandoning his classic formula — junkyard percussion, loose-limbed blues licks, and that unmistakable mouth-of-hell baritone — Waits keeps pulling switcheroos out of his porkpie hat on his 20th album. Keith Richards drops in some rambling six-string on ”Chicago,” and few ballads weep as profoundly as ”Pay Me.” One thing you can’t fake: Waits’ personal universe, full of carnies, dust, tears, whiskey, and hope. And yes, a whole lot of growling. A-
SO 'BAD' IT'S GOOD Waits carries on with his growling glory on his 20th album (Danny Clinch)
Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Tom Waits; Status: In Season; Music Label: Anti-
Posted October 25 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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