Orphans 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… Orphans 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… 2006-11-21 Tom Waits Rock
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Orphans (2006)

WORTH THE WAITS These musical Orphans finally have a loving home
Image credit: Tom Waits: Michael O'brien
WORTH THE WAITS These musical Orphans finally have a loving home
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Details Release Date: Nov 21, 2006; Lead Performance: Tom Waits; Genre: Rock

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.

Originally posted Nov 22, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints