Blood Money - Tom Waits
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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]
  2. If the young, brooding Waits had done this score it would have been too much--too miserable--but our older, wiser Waits possesses the perfect combination of cynicism and idealism to pull it off.
  3. 90
    The effect of the combination of all these elements is stunning and profound, and ranks among Waits' finest albums, albeit his most depressing by a long shot.
  4. The album is saved from cliché and pretension by its combination of a fascinating story with restrained and consistently inventive musical backing.
  5. 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.
  6. You'd be hard-pressed to find sounds this spookily evocative anywhere outside the grooves of scratchy old 78s. [Applies to both 'Alice' and 'Blood Money,' 10 May 2002, p.80]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 10, 2008
    10
    Misery's the river of the world.
  2. Hein
    May 4, 2006
    10
    Outstanding!
  3. SendarkK
    Dec 31, 2005
    10
    Outstanding! This album is a brilliantly written, brilliantly performed masterpiece.