Real Gone Tom Waits goes hip-hop? Not quite. But there are some pretty heavy beats on Real Gone (and turntable scratches) beneath Waits' signature bluesman-like croaks. These… Real Gone Tom Waits goes hip-hop? Not quite. But there are some pretty heavy beats on Real Gone (and turntable scratches) beneath Waits' signature bluesman-like croaks. These… 2004-10-05 Tom Waits
Music Review

Real Gone (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 05, 2004; Lead Performance: Tom Waits

Tom Waits goes hip-hop? Not quite. But there are some pretty heavy beats on Real Gone (and turntable scratches) beneath Waits' signature bluesman-like croaks. These sometimes jaunty rhythms add tension to Waits' dark tales of circus freaks, murdered beauties, homesick soldiers, and sinners desperate for redemption. The effect is often riveting — and even a little gangsta.

Originally posted Oct 08, 2004 Published in issue #787 Oct 08, 2004 Order article reprints