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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

All Music Guide gives Orphans 4 1/2 stars!

Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards By Thom Jurek - All Music Guide Rating: ****1/2 At this stage of the game, any new Tom Waits record is an event. Listening through the music of his entire career is daunting, to say the least, but it's a journey no one else, with the possible exception of Bob Dylan, has taken before. If one listens to the official recordings, from 1973's Closing Time, featuring the songs of an itinerant Beat barroom singer (no lounges please), right on through to the frenetic mania of 2004's Real Gone, one becomes aware of not only the twists and turns of a songwriter wrestling and bellowing at and with his muse, but of a journeyman artist barely able to hold on to the lid of his creativity, let alone keep it on. True, there have been many stops along the way: in the seediest lounges (1977's Foreign Affairs, which could have been a twisted inspiration to novelist Phillip Kerr when he wrote the Berlin Noir trilogy); acid-drenched blues scree (1980's Heartattack and Vine); travelogues of the unseen and the unspeakable (1985's Rain Dogs); seething and murderous suburban nightmares (1987's Franks Wild Years); the frighteningly comic tales of plagues and carnivals (1993's Black Rider); the scrape, squeal ...

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

The Boston Globe reviews Orphans

Waits's 'Orphans' fits right in By James Reed, Globe Staff November 21, 2006 "Orphans" is the name of Tom Waits's sprawling new album, and it's a serious misnomer. It implies that these songs, 54 of them collected on three discs, are castoff B-sides or the unwanted runts ...

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Waits displays range on 3-disc 'Orphans'

Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards ANTI-Records You want a feast? Have a seat at the banquet table of Tom Waits, whose "Orphans" compilation clocks in at 56 songs, totaling more than three hours of music. Really, though, it's a misnomer to call this great stuffed bird a ...

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Stylus Magazine reviews Tom Waits' Orphans

Tom Waits three disc collection Orphans closes, seemingly inevitably, with a shaggy dog story involving a can of tuna fish, a fake mother, a tussle in a parking lot, and the sound of Waits’ rusted, asthmatic laugh. The laugh of someone getting away with something big. Orphans is an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink ...

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

The Chicago Tribune talks Orphans with Tom Waits!

Tom Waits still in the driver's seat 3-CD, 54-song `Orphans' the culmination of an era By Greg Kot Tribune music critic November 21, 2006 Tom Waits turns small gestures into grand events. At his concerts, he transforms a handful of glitter into a show-stopping gesture. On record, he fashions ...

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Tom Waits to appear on NPR's All Things Considered, today!

Tom Waits will be on NPR's nationalprogram, All Things Considered today at 3:30 PM (PST). He will be talking about the new 3-disc set, Orphans, and fielding questions from the NPR host. The show starts at 3:00 PM (PST) on 89.9 KCRW and Tom's interview ...

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