Details emerging on new project by Tom Waits, Bad as Me

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by Tom Johnson

It may not quite seem like it’s possible, but it’s been 7 years since Real Gone, the last album of original new music from Waits.

The time in between has been punctuated with that beautiful monster of a boxset called Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards and then a live album, Glitter And Doom. But come October 25, fans will have something new to digest in the form of Bad As Me, available in the now de-rigueur variety of formats. Vinyl lovers can rejoice in the availability of a heavyweight slab of a 180gm LP, but apparently it’s CD and iTunes buyers who will get the choice of the standard or deluxe edition, the latter of which includes 3 bonus tracks. Of note to collectors and those who enjoy packaging, photos, and liner notes, the limited edition deluxe CD also splits its tracks over two discs in a 40 page hard-back book.

The title-track single is available now at the usual digital outlets. No word on who Waits’ musical conspirators are this time, but from the sound of the bits we hear in the tracks, it’s probably going to be a pretty familiar list of names. And, as usual, Waits’ wife Kathleen Brennan serves her usual role as co-writer and producer on the album. That pairing has proven pretty potent for a long time.

Waits introduced us to the new album with another of his humorous videos, a la the Glitter And Doom Tour announcement a few years ago. Purportedly a “private listening party,” we don’t wind up getting to hear much of the music – just a tease. But he still makes this so much fun it doesn’t matter. “If you were having a birthday and I came early and I started eating your cake, maybe I opened up your presents and started playing with your toys, you’d be okay with that?”

Tracklisting:
1 Chicago
2 Raised Right Men
3 Talking at the Same Time
4 Get Lost
5 Face to the Highway
6 Pay Me
7 Back in the Crowd
8 Bad as Me
9 Kiss Me
10 Satisfied
11 Last Leaf
12 Hell Broke Luce
13 New Year’s Eve

Deluxe Double CD/iTunes Deluxe bonus tracks
14 She Stole the Blush
15 Tell Me
16 After You Die

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