Alice (Tom Waits album)

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Alice
Soundtrack album by Tom Waits
Released May 7, 2002 (2002-05-07)
Genre Rock, experimental
Length 48:23
Label ANTI-
Producer Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits
Tom Waits chronology
Blood Money
(2002)
Alice
(2002)
Real Gone
(2004)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (90/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (favourable)[3]
Music Emissions 4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork (9.0/10)[5]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]

Alice is an album by Tom Waits, released in 2002 on Epitaph Records (under the Anti sub-label). The album contains the majority of songs written for the play Alice. The adaptation was directed by Robert Wilson, whom Waits had previously worked with on the play The Black Rider, and originally set up at the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg in 1992. The play has since been performed in various theatres around the world.

The album was co-released with Blood Money, containing songs from a play adapted by Robert Wilson from Georg Büchner's Woyzeck.

It was ranked #2 in Metacritic's Top 30 albums of 2002.[8]

The songs had been released as a bootleg in several different versions called The Alice Demos many years before its official release. The source is believed to be studio recordings taken when Waits' car was broken into in late 1992.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.

  1. "Alice" – 4:28
  2. "Everything You Can Think" – 3:10
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, mellotron, chamberlin vibes, pod
    • Larry Taylor – Bass, electric guitar
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Bent Clausen – Swiss hand bells
    • Bebe Risenfors – Stroh violin
    • Nik Phelps – horn, trumpet
  3. "Flowers Grave" – 3:28
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano, pump organ
    • Larry Taylor – Bass
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Dawn Harms – Violin
    • Bebe Risenfors – Alto viola, clarinet
  4. "No One Knows I'm Gone" – 1:42
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, pump organ
    • Larry Taylor – Bass
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Dawn Harms – Stroh violin, violin
    • Bebe Risenfors – Alto viola
  5. "Kommienezuspadt" – 3:10
    • Tom Waits – Vocals, pod, stomp
    • Larry Taylor – Bass, acoustic guitar, percussion
    • Andrew Borger – Oil drums, frame drum, percussion
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Bebe Risenfors – Baby bass, marimba, bass clarinet, percussion
    • Colin Stetson – Baritone sax
    • Tim Allen – Scraper
  6. "Poor Edward" – 3:42
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano
    • Larry Taylor – Bass
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Dawn Harms – Stroh violin
    • Bebe Risenfors – Viola
  7. "Table Top Joe" – 4:14
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, pump organ
    • Larry Taylor – Bass, acoustic guitar
    • Stewart Copeland – Trap kit
    • Bent Clausen – Piano
    • Joe Gore – Electric guitar
    • Bebe Risenfors – Baby bass
  8. "Lost in the Harbour" – 3:45
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, pump organ
    • Larry Taylor – Bass
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Dawn Harms – Stroh violin
    • Bebe Risenfors – Fiddle
    • Carla Kihlstedt – Violin
  9. "We're All Mad Here" – 2:31
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano, circular violin
    • Matthew Sperry – Bass
    • Gino Robair – Percussion
    • Colin Stetson – Bass clarinet
    • Carla Kihlstedt – Violin
  10. "Watch Her Disappear" – 2:33
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, pump organ
    • Dawn Harms – Violin
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
  11. "Reeperbahn" – 4:02
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano, chamberlin
    • Matthew Sperry – Bass
    • Gino Robair – Percussion
    • Carla Kihlstedt – Violin
    • Colin Stetson – Bass clarinet
    • Ara Anderson – Baritone horn
    • Myles Boisen – Banjo
  12. "I'm Still Here" – 1:49
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano
    • Dawn Harms – Violin
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Colin Stetson – Clarinet
  13. "Fish & Bird" – 3:59
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano, toy glockenspiel, pump organ
    • Larry Taylor – Bass
    • Matt Brubeck – Cello
    • Bebe Risenfors – Clarinet
    • Ara Anderson – Trumpet, baritone horn
    • Dawn Harms – Stroh violin, violin
  14. "Barcarolle" – 3:59
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano, chamberlin vibes, cymbals
    • Matthew Sperry – Bass
    • Matt Brubeck – Bass
    • Colin Stetson – Sax
    • Bent Clausen – Piano solo
    • Dawn Harms – Violin
  15. "Fawn" – 1:43 (Instrumental)
    • Tom Waits – Piano
    • Matthew Sperry – Bass
    • Gino Robair – Marimba
    • Colin Stetson – Bass clarinet
    • Carla Kihlstedt – Violin

Chart information[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 20
US Billboard 200[12] 33
German Albums (Official Top 100)[13] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 27
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 7
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 13
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 27
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 3
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[21] 3
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 5
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 26
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alice". metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  2. ^ Alice (Tom Waits album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ The A.V. Club
  4. ^ Music Emissions
  5. ^ Pitchfork
  6. ^ Robert Christgau
  7. ^ Rolling Stone
  8. ^ "Best of 2002". metacritic.com. 2002. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  9. ^ Keith Phipps (2002-05-29). "Interview: Tom Waits". avclub.com. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  10. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Tom Waits | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Tom Waits Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Tom Waits. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  19. ^ "Tom Waits: Alice" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  20. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  21. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  23. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  24. ^ "Tom Waits – Alice". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.