michael gallucci

MUSIC REVIEW — TOM WAITS

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2009 at 4:20 am

TOM WAITS

Glitter & Doom Live

(Anti-)


Recorded in 10 cities during Waits’ 2008 tour, Glitter & Doom Live can’t quite replicate the boozy, apocalyptic vibe that fuels the scruffy singer-songwriter’s best studio recordings. There are some great songs here (“Singapore,” “Goin’ Out West”), and Waits is a funny and warm concert performer, but so much of his unconventional appeal can’t be copied onstage. The flurry of junkyard sounds that rushes through his records are mere wisps of instrumental adornment here. And the controlled lunacy that drives albums like Mule Variations and Real Gone becomes stilted and workmanlike on Glitter & Doom. Best: A second disc includes 30 minutes of Waits’ onstage musings, some of which are true. Some are hilariously not. –Michael Gallucci

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