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Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

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  • Summary: Written for a Robert Wilson stage production of Georg Büchner's unfinished 1836 play 'Woyzeck,' 'Blood Money' is one of two Waits releases in May 2002 (the other being 'Alice,' which was similarly created for the stage).
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The bleakness at the core of Blood Money won't make it a first choice for a late-night spin, but it's manna for the artist's fans.
  2. The album is saved from cliché and pretension by its combination of a fascinating story with restrained and consistently inventive musical backing.
  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. Disturbing and delirious when it's not romantic and hilarious, the songs have a much more direct emotional appeal than the patently surrealistic Alice. [#219, p.72]
  5. Thematically, this work -- with its references to German cabarets and nostalgia -- echoes Waits' other Wilson collaborative project, Black Rider. Musically, however, Blood Money is a far more elegant, stylish, and nuanced work than the earlier recording.
  6. 80
    After decades, Waits's theater of musical cruelty is familiar stuff. But the old dog's tricks still have bite. [Applies to both Alice and Blood Money, Jun/Jul 2002, p.111]
  7. Blood Money is especially grim, a bitter suite about greed and moral bankruptcy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. AlayneP.
    Jul 24, 2002
    10
    "I'd sell your heart to the junk man baby, for a buck, for a buck..." It's a beautiful album, as beautiful and disturbing as Alice.
  2. DaveH.
    Jun 29, 2002
    10
    A masterpiece.
  3. JonathanH
    Apr 13, 2004
    10
    Another wonderful Waits album
  4. MattB
    Mar 19, 2005
    10
    Dark and beautiful, gruff yet smooth, something that can only be accomplished by the great one.
  5. Hein
    May 4, 2006
    10
    Outstanding!
  6. SendarkK
    Dec 31, 2005
    10
    Outstanding! This album is a brilliantly written, brilliantly performed masterpiece.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Mar 10, 2008
    10
    Misery's the river of the world.

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