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Tom Waits: Blood MoneyBlood Money (2002)
Anti- Records

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Perhaps an explanation is in order before any reviewing is done. Blood Money was released simultaneously with another album, Alice. These albums are the score to a remake of "Woyzeck," a play written in 1837 which was (to quote the biography on Anti-) "inspired by the true story of a German sold.
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Perhaps an explanation is in order before any reviewing is done.

Blood Money was released simultaneously with another album, Alice. These albums are the score to a remake of "Woyzeck," a play written in 1837 which was (to quote the biography on Anti-) "inspired by the true story of a German soldier who was driven mad by bizarre army medical experiments and infidelity, which led him to murder his lover." The play premiered in November 2000 and won some awards and blah blah blah, I'm sure you all really care. Anyways, they wrote the score but there were never any recordings of it, so Waits took it upon himself to do it.

What does it sound like, you ask? Well, I'd have to say it's a combination of blues, rock, and folk, with some real circus-sounding shit thrown in for good measure. I see it described as "Tin-pan-alley" quite often, and that sounds about right. The instrumenation is pretty diverse, ranging from a Calliope (hence the circus music comparison), to piano (and lots of it), to the seed pod of a Botang Tree. Let's not forget Waits' voice, which has just gotten more gravelly over time, to the point where you can't help but wonder how he manages to do it and not completely destroy his vocal chords.

It would be difficult for me to pick a favorite song from the thirteen tracks on here. There are lots of great ones, such as the opening track "Misery Is The River Of The World," "God's Away On Business," and the instrumental "Knife Chase." Some of the slower songs aren't exactly my cup of tea ("Coney Island Baby," "Woe"), but there aren't any really bad tracks on here at all, and even after several months I still find myself listening to this fairly often.

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Another Man's Vine

 

 
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Dayspring (June 10, 2009)

Only this record is the "soundtrack" Woyzeck.

Alice is the "soundtrack" to another play entirely

TR (April 10, 2008)

Best man alive.

TheMike (September 23, 2007)

Personally, I am a little more fond of the slower songs. But the whole album is really good.

pinkerton (December 21, 2006)

while i agree with the positive points about "blood money" found in the review, i find that the best tracks are slower tunes like coney island baby. if you really listen to the ballads, the band is still playing really hard. everything is really tight (drums, bass, piano, etc), and it almost sounds like an old 45 slowed down...its that precise.

i guess i just appreciate a good slow tune every now and again, but the heavier stuff on the record is great too....thus this album is really great.

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

Pavement sucks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fucking bad!

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

I rape sheep.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

"The Ramones were awful."

the Ramones were not awful. indie nerds love the Ramones, guess you missed the memo dude.

manifesto (December 14, 2004)

Tom Waits' the man! I consider this album to be his second best after Real Gone. "God's Away on Business", "Another Man's Vine" and "Starving in the Belly of a Whale" are simply amazing songs. All in all, Blood Money is a masterpiece as every other Waits' albums.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

The Ramones were awful.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

that post was sooooooo punk.

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

avril, corporate whore, songs about boys, hmm... no i do not believe she is of the punk mindset. she is probably closer to what many would consider the "punk sound," because that's what she was tailored to fit. but since there is no real punk sound (many say velvet underground was one of the first "punk" bands, and they're probably closer to waits than the ramones) and punk is a frame of mind, it's fairly clear that avril is not in that frame of mind.

I could say the same aboutThe Ramones and the Sex Pistols, they were just as much corprate whores as Avril. They totally exploited the diy scene to make money, while bands like crass(at the time, they too got pretty rich) were living it up the diy punk way. Don't try and analyze, it's pointless. I remeber when i was once like you, and i would question whats punk or not. Just forget about all, live the way you want and regard it as a genre, because that is all it is. A genre with really dumb fashion and a lot of hypocrites.

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

it's funny seeing someone who knows nothing about tom waits try and review his music. score is for the album.

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

I'll listen to Tom Waits over what most of you call "punk" any day of the fucking week.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

I prefer 'Alice.'

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

"and punk is a frame of mind, it's fairly clear that avril is not in that frame of mind."

if you don't own "punk" than how can you say that?, if its a mindset, then its her mindset, not yours

i'm not defending avril lavigne, or attacking tom waits

punkcorekid (December 11, 2004)

Did anyone else think of VH1's Behind the Music when they saw the cover?

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

avril, corporate whore, songs about boys, hmm... no i do not believe she is of the punk mindset. she is probably closer to what many would consider the "punk sound," because that's what she was tailored to fit. but since there is no real punk sound (many say velvet underground was one of the first "punk" bands, and they're probably closer to waits than the ramones) and punk is a frame of mind, it's fairly clear that avril is not in that frame of mind.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

"everyone needs to listen to Tom Waits!! This man along with Bob Dylan is one of the best song writers ever. Get Rain Dogs, Blood Money, Alice and Real Gone along with all the others. I'm FUCKING DRUNK right now listening to my Tom Wiats hobo music."

You, sir, are my hero.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

"NEWSFLASH: You do not own "punk" or any of it's subsidaries or trademarks. It is a mindset, not a sound."

so if avril lavigne believes herself to be a punk rocker, than she is one?

tom waits is rad

punkpirate (December 11, 2004)

everyone needs to listen to Tom Waits!! This man along with Bob Dylan is one of the best song writers ever. Get Rain Dogs, Blood Money, Alice and Real Gone along with all the others. I'm FUCKING DRUNK right now listening to my Tom Wiats hobo music.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

NEWSFLASH: You do not own "punk" or any of it's subsidaries or trademarks. It is a mindset, not a sound.

gladimnotemo (December 11, 2004)

Comment below me:

Tom Waits is more punk rock and original than every other review posted today. Get his new album "Real Gone" and worship it. It's one of the best albums of the year.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

well i will say that tom waits is an amazing musician, and easily one of my top nominees in the categoree of "the man", just because epitaph released this doesn't make it a punk album and therefore i feel that this space is wasted

hungryjoe (December 11, 2004)

There was a great article on Tom Waits in the Exclaim! a few months back. One quote I found really funny was:
When asked by NPR host Terry Gross about how he got his distinctive singing voice, Waits replied "Terry, I drink my own urine".

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

Good rating. There are some great songs on here, but about 3-4 of them are instrumentals that go nowhere. It's still better than "Alice."

The Locust is still the band on Anti.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

His singing voice is like that cuz that what his voice sounds like when he speaks....

why not review Real Gone now??

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

:)

Tom Waits is gold, but Alice is the better of the two.

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