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Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Tom Waits' Orphans named #10 album of the year by Rolling Stone!

#10 Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards:

The running tale through this collection of fifty songs -- more than half are new recordings -- is the way Waits rummages through roots for inspiration, then bends them to his singular will. Waits still finds magic, waiting for overhaul, in Lead Belly, Jack Kerouac and the Ramones -- the cover of Da Brudders' "Danny Says" is a ragged stunner. So is the harrowing "Road to Peace," Waits' imagining of a young Palestinian's transformation into a suicide bomber -- and how the path of fundamentalism, on either side, is always a dead end.

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