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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44

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  1. RichardP
    Dec 2, 2006
    10
    Simply the greatest and most moving album i have ever had the pleasure to listen to.
  2. mark
    Nov 30, 2006
    10
    there is no finer album in its genre, whatever that genre might be. waits is a little like psychoanalysis or lsd - until you have "experienced" it, there is no understanding it.
  3. 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 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. 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. Collapse
  4. Hein
    May 4, 2006
    10
    Nothing better than this!
  5. JimL
    Apr 4, 2006
    2
    Too dificult to enjoy.
  6. GrantD
    Mar 18, 2006
    10
    Unlike almost every other artist, this man gets better as he gets older. He is better than Jesus.
  7. babs
    Jun 10, 2005
    10
    tom waits is frickin' genius!
  8. Johno
    Mar 24, 2005
    10
    Warm, poetic, funny, exciting, dark, inspired and utterly compelling. Sounds like a typical Tom Waits album. Tom is everything that's good about music. This album is the proof.
  9. valdann
    Jul 14, 2004
    10
    Perfect!
  10. FEAR
    Mar 7, 2004
    10
    best CD ever
  11. NolaD
    Jun 17, 2003
    10
    definitely his best ever, never ceases to amaze,
  12. MichaelN
    Apr 17, 2003
    10
    this album is my drug. no album has or will ever have such an effect on me like this absolute masterpiece does.
  13. TomL.
    Oct 5, 2002
    10
    One of the greatest albums ever made! Pure genius!
  14. LenH.
    Aug 4, 2002
    9
    Like everything Waits does...it grows on you the more you listen to it. Beautiful, dark and desperate. It made me want to learn more about the back story. The only drawback, if you're not a Waits fan, this is not going to change your mind.
  15. MichaelE.
    Aug 3, 2002
    10
    Pure, unadulterated, scary, emotional genius. Tom's my hero. (Does that sound pandering?)
  16. DaveR.
    Jul 13, 2002
    6
    Enough with the theatrical Cabaret stuff! we are not in the republic of Weimer any longer! (from a true, dedicated TW fan)
  17. JackH
    Jul 4, 2002
    10
    It makes you wana cry...!
  18. ScottR.
    Jun 4, 2002
    10
    Top-notch whiskey! What the hell does kommiezuspadt mean?
  19. ChrisW.
    May 23, 2002
    10
    Dark and beautiful stuff
  20. SorenO.
    May 18, 2002
    10
    Snap, crackle and pop. Delicious delirium, the paranoid assault of Blood Money is beautifully juxtaposed by the achingly tender embrace of Alice. It would be a sin to listen to one without the other.
  21. BenjaminS.
    May 12, 2002
    10
    Art of the lost, spooky musical interludes, earlier tunes and feelings through a distorted musical prism, marvelous melodies, one of Tom's best
  22. LouiseR.
    May 11, 2002
    10
    A dream that lingers.
  23. GaryT.
    May 9, 2002
    10
    Better than the demos bootleg which I love
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. While there is nothing new on Alice, the songs he develops are well-structured, elegant and as bawl-worthy as ever.
  2. 80
    Waits' voice has always been an acquired taste, but those on the bus will appreciate the way he throws himself into every track as if haunting the characters like some sort of lunatic guardian narrator.
  3. The sheer melodic gorgeousness of the finest songs here make Alice the pick of Waits's new matched set.