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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter releases a live CD with tracks recorded from various cities on his 2008 tour. The second disc contains 35-minutes of stories and antidotes as told by Waits.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. As usual, it’s worth any amount of trouble to hear Waits live.
  2. 86
    The best live music doesn’t attempt to just mirror the recordings, but expands upon them, highlighting a performer’s chemistry with the band and audience. When Waits does that, the illusion works; when he doesn’t it’s like seeing the cards tucked up a magician’s sleeve.
  3. It would have been nice if Glitter and Doom included a few more buried treasures from Orphans, but ultimately that’s nitpicking, since what’s here does a more-than-ample job soaking up the raunchy, scrappy heart this album sets out to spotlight.
  4. A sophisticated gentleman does a poo.
  5. There’s only one test a live album has to pass, and this one stands up to it: if you were there you’ll be prompted to bask in the memory, and if you weren’t you’ll be wishing like hell that you had been.
  6. Waits tends to inspire love-it-or-hate-it reactions; those who don't dig him will probably be mystefied by the over-the-top cheers captured here. [27 Nov 2009, p.71]
  7. A live document of his wildly acclaimed 2008 tour, Glitter And Doom further amplifies that uniqueness, backed up by an entire second disc of surreal storytelling. [Jan 2010, p. 126]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. alexb
    Nov 25, 2009
    10
    Essential for any Tom Waits fan, one of my favorite albums of the year.
  2. robertf
    Dec 4, 2009
    10
    I just wanted to say the person doing the summary wrote "antidotes" by Tom Waits and it should be "anecdotes". I find it really funny when I I just wanted to say the person doing the summary wrote "antidotes" by Tom Waits and it should be "anecdotes". I find it really funny when I hear someway say that and it's even more embarrassing to see it printed. Tom Waits is amazing though., get Rain Dogs, if you've never heard of him. Expand
  3. IanB
    Nov 26, 2009
    10
    Living in NYC I did not have a chance to attend this concert (too bad I didn't live in Alabama). This doesn't make up for this but Living in NYC I did not have a chance to attend this concert (too bad I didn't live in Alabama). This doesn't make up for this but its something at least. It really is like a brand new album, with interpretations of old songs that will get you thinking anew about them. If you like Waits this is a no brainer...if you do not know Waits I suggest you do not start here, though. Expand
  4. joeg
    Nov 27, 2009
    10
    He work is a masterpiece he seriously kicks butt. There is no one like him. Everyone else stand back and make way for the dudest man in town.
  5. ChrisK.
    Nov 28, 2009
    10
    The best album of the year no matter that these songs are previously released.
  6. JoshS.
    Nov 29, 2009
    9
    The reworkings on this album show Waits isn't content resting on his laurels. One for the fans.
  7. MikeM
    Dec 2, 2009
    5
    A decent performance that has a horrible audio quality. The poor recording quality makes the performance feel distant and lacking any A decent performance that has a horrible audio quality. The poor recording quality makes the performance feel distant and lacking any emotional punch. A masterpiece this is not! Expand

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