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Universal acclaim- based on 26 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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Put 'Em In Their Place
(Prodigy) Yeah, yeah. Payback. (Hook: Prodigy) - repeat 2X Infamous up in this, you know how we get down Is that yo' hoe? She feelin' our style We... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. The Wire
    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. Blender
    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: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. AlayneP.
    Jul 24, 2002
    "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
    A masterpiece.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 10, 2008
    Misery's the river of the world.
  4. JonathanH
    Apr 13, 2004
    Another wonderful Waits album
  5. SendarkK
    Dec 31, 2005
    Outstanding! This album is a brilliantly written, brilliantly performed masterpiece.
  6. Hein
    May 4, 2006
  7. Mar 31, 2020
    There is literally "blood" in these songs. An amazing album focused on the cruelty of human nature.

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