Real Gone - Tom Waits
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  • Summary: Fans of his acclaimed 2002 pair of discs will have to settle for just one album this time out, co-produced by Waits with Kathleen Brennan. Marc Ribot and Les Claypool guest.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
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  1. In ‘Real Gone’s fearsome complexity of rhythm, lyric and device, Tom Waits appropriates like a shoplifter without much time, and creates something entirely his own. A new music.
  2. 90
    Another smartly executed step into the strange grandeur of Mr. Waits. [#12, p.94]
  3. A set of powerfully written and unfussily executed songs. [#248, p.50]
  4. Reliably odd, then, but unexpectedly moving, too: the best Tom Waits album, all told, since 1992’s “Bone Machine”.
  5. Much of Real Gone has been stripped so bare instrumentally that its heavy accumulation of rhythmic noise -- manipulated groans and grunts (“Metropolitan Glide”) what sounds like a cracking horsewhip (“Don’t Go Into The Barn”) -- establishes a sustained, bristling mood that electrifies particular songs but bogs down the album as a whole.
  6. The album feels only like an extension of the Alice / Blood Money plateau, rather than a new height for the artist. [#7]
  7. Some of the most awkward, unapproachable music he's made. [Nov 2004, p.128]

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