Bad as Me

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This article is about the album. For the song, see Bad as Me (song).
Bad as Me
Studio album by Tom Waits
Released October 21, 2011
Genre Rock, experimental, blues[1]
Length 44:44
Label ANTI-
Producer Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
Tom Waits chronology
Glitter and Doom Live
(2008)
Bad as Me
(2011)
Singles from Bad as Me
  1. "Bad as Me"
    Released: August 23, 2011 (2011-08-23)
  2. "Back in the Crowd"
    Released: September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)

Bad as Me is the sixteenth studio album by American rock musician Tom Waits, released on October 21, 2011 by ANTI- Records.[2] The album is known to have been recorded as early as February 2011[3] and was officially announced for release on August 23, 2011 on Waits' official web site[4] and various social media networks. On the same day, the title track, "Bad as Me," was released as the album's first single on iTunes.[5]

The album is Waits' first album consisting completely of new material in seven years since Real Gone (2004). Waits' label, ANTI-, recently agreed on a distribution deal with Warner Music Group allowing them to release the album internationally. This marks Waits' first release through the Warner organization since Heartattack and Vine (1980). Upon its release, Bad as Me received widespread critical acclaim.[6] The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.[7]

Release[edit]

On August 16, 2011, amid the rise of many rumours concerning Bad as Me, Waits announced on his official web site and through various social media outlets[8][9] that he would "set the rumors straight" on August 23. On this date, the title track was released as a digital single through iTunes,[5] a video with previews of the album was released on YouTube,[10][11] and was followed by a press release on his site and ANTI-'s blog, which read:

Bad As Me is Tom Waits' first studio album of all new music in seven years. This pivotal work refines the music that has come before and signals a new direction. Waits, in possibly the finest voice of his career, worked with a veteran team of gifted musicians and longtime co-writer/producer Kathleen Brennan. From the opening horn-fueled chug of "Chicago," to the closing barroom chorale of "New Year's Eve," Bad As Me displays the full career range of Waits' songwriting, from beautiful ballads like "Last Leaf," to the avant cinematic soundscape of "Hell Broke Luce," a battlefront dispatch. On tracks like "Talking at the Same Time," Waits shows off a supple falsetto, while on blues burners like "Raised Right Men" and the gospel tinged "Satisfied" he spits, stutters and howls. Like a good boxer, these songs are lean and mean, with strong hooks and tight running times. A pervasive sense of players delighting in each other's musical company brings a feeling of loose joy even to the album's saddest songs.[4]

The album was made available to stream on October 17, 2011[12] and released digitally on iTunes on October 21,[13] where it was previously available for pre-order. Domestic versions of the album were released worldwide on October 24, 2011[2] in three formats: a digipak CD version with a 32-page booklet and free digital download in FLAC, AAC, or MP3; a deluxe edition two-CD version with 40-page booklet and free digital download; and a 180 gram LP and CD with a lyric sheet and free digital download.[14]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (88/100)[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[15]
The A.V. Club A−[16]
Robert Christgau A−[17]
The Daily Telegraph 5/5 stars[18]
Entertainment Weekly A−[19]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[1]
The Independent 5/5 stars[20]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[21]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[22]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[23]

Bad as Me was released to widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 88, based on 40 reviews, indicating "Universal Acclaim".[6] Allmusic's Thom Jurek said that "Bad as Me is an aural portrait of all the places he's traveled as a recording artist, which is, in and of itself, illuminating and thoroughly enjoyable," awarding the album four out of five stars.[15] Amanda Petrusich of Pitchfork Media noted that the album's "tracks are concise and expertly edited", adding that "Bad as Me feels as new as it does ancient," awarding the album 8.1/10.[21] The Daily Telegraph praised the album's "rattling bawlers," adding that each were "distinctively turbocharged with reckless and richly textured energy," while also mentioning that the "ballads run poignantly on their rims, leaking emotion," and gave the album a five out of five star rating.[18] Michael Wheeler, in his 9/10 review for Drowned in Sound, praised its "exhilarating, terrifying, heartbreaking, tear jerking, bone-rattling style,"[24] Andy Gill in The Independent praised the album for containing "no filler at all" and gave it top marks,[20] while Noel Murray of The A.V. Club called it "Waits' embrace of a legacy that now includes enshrinement in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame," concluding that "for longtime fans it’s a fun reminder of Waits' ability to be a badass when necessary" before awarding the album a grade of A-.[16] In The Guardian, Dave Simpson awarded the work a 4-star rating, called Waits's lyrics "as unpredictable and inspired as ever," while claiming his "songs hurtle past in waves of blistering energy and imagery."[1] Rolling Stone's Will Hermes spoke highly of the album in four out of five star review, saying that it was Waits's "most sharply focused record since the game-changing tag team Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs decades ago."[22] In a review for Slant Magazine, Jesse Cataldo gave the album four out of five stars, stating that Bad as Me was "a self-affirming collection of the things Waits attempts to represent,"[23] and, in an equally positive appraisal, Dan Weiss of Spin gave it 8/10 and said that the album "burns at fuse speed."[25] Likewise, Andrew Mueller of Uncut concluded a glowing review with the words "Bad As Me is the sound of a supremely confident artist convening a raucous celebration of his own myth, and is multifariously marvellous."[26] In an interview for Bad as Me Waits confirmed Captain Beefheart's influence who died earlier the same year of the release.[27]

Mojo placed the album at number 9 on its list of "Top 50 albums of 2011"[28] while Uncut placed the album at number 13.[29]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan

No. Title Length
1. "Chicago"   2:15
2. "Raised Right Men"   3:24
3. "Talking at the Same Time"   4:14
4. "Get Lost"   2:42
5. "Face to the Highway"   3:43
6. "Pay Me"   3:14
7. "Back in the Crowd"   2:49
8. "Bad as Me"   3:10
9. "Kiss Me"   3:41
10. "Satisfied"   4:05
11. "Last Leaf"   2:56
12. "Hell Broke Luce"   3:57
13. "New Year's Eve"   4:32
Total length:
44:44
Deluxe edition[14] and pre-order[13] bonus tracks
No. Title Length
14. "She Stole the Blush"   2:50
15. "Tell Me"   3:43
16. "After You Die"   2:47

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Germany[54] October 21, 2011 Digital download ANTI-
Ireland[55]
France[56] October 24, 2011
Spain[57]
United Kingdom[58]
Canada[59] October 25, 2011
United States[60]

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