Alice - Tom Waits
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90

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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

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  • Summary: One of two Waits releases in May 2002 ('Blood Money' is the other), 'Alice' was originally written as an opera and actually performed live during an 18-month engagement in Hamburg in the early 1990s. However, this is the first recording of these 15 tracks, culled from recent studio sessions.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    I defy you to find a more elegantly shambolic, soulfully homespun and, indeed, heartfelt album than this.
  2. 100
    Waits does nothing predictable here, and the structure of even the most forlorn tear-jerker is ambitious and avant-something-or-other. [Co-Album Of The Month, June 2002, p.106]
  3. While the rest of pop culture infantilizes itself with cussing puppets and manufactured bands who willfully dangle like marionettes, Waits is serving up vintage brittle fusion and somehow breaking the law of diminishing returns. [Review of both Alice and Blood Money]
  4. The sense of loss and longing becomes so physical at points that rather than respond, it's simpler to go with it until the ride ends in a drained silence. [#219, p.72]
  5. While there is nothing new on Alice, the songs he develops are well-structured, elegant and as bawl-worthy as ever.
  6. 'Alice' finds the twisted surrealisms of Lewis Carroll's relationship with Alice Liddell offering both refuge and escape for the usual Waits suspects: vagabonds, low-lifes and beautiful lunatics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. TomL.
    Oct 5, 2002
    10
    One of the greatest albums ever made! Pure genius!
  2. ScottR.
    Jun 4, 2002
    10
    Top-notch whiskey! What the hell does kommiezuspadt mean?
  3. RichardP
    Dec 2, 2006
    10
    Simply the greatest and most moving album i have ever had the pleasure to listen to.
  4. FEAR
    Mar 7, 2004
    10
    best CD ever
  5. GrantD
    Mar 18, 2006
    10
    Unlike almost every other artist, this man gets better as he gets older. He is better than Jesus.
  6. DanielT
    May 22, 2006
    10
    This is indeed an unusual output from Toom Wiats, somehow underrated after its release and definately requires some patience whilst This is indeed an unusual output from Toom Wiats, somehow underrated after its release and definately requires some patience whilst digesting. Still many of the songs are remarkeably well-written, and the overall result is excellent. One of the best albums from the "third period" of Tom Waits' music output. Notice 'Kommienezuspadt' and 'Poor Edward' in particular. The two songs sum up much of either side of his remarkeable musicianship. Expand
  7. JimL
    Apr 4, 2006
    2
    Too dificult to enjoy.

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