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Friday, December 15th, 2006

The Rocky Mountain News talks "Orphans"

TOM WAITS, Orphans

• What you get: Three discs of Waits cleaning out his closet, divided into Brawlers (rockers), Bawlers (ballads) and Bastards (experimental).

• The best of the box: Just about everything. Waits is in fine voice with some of the best songwriting of his career. A few clunkers on Bastards, but the other two discs are near-perfect.

• The bottom of the box: You're left wanting for more.

• Who needs it? Everyone. Even casual Waits fans will find something to love here.

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