Alice (Tom Waits album)

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Alice
Tom Waits-Alice.jpg
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
SourceRating
Metacritic90/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[5]
NME8/10[6]
Pitchfork9.0/10[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
Spin7/10[10]
Uncut5/5 stars[11]

Alice is the 14th 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.[12]

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.[13]

The song "Poor Edward" is about Edward Mordake.

In 2006 it was awarded a diamond certification from the Independent Music Companies Association,[14] which indicated sales of at least 250,000 copies throughout Europe. As of 2003, Alice has sold 140,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. [15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.

  1. "Alice" – 4:28
    • Tom Waits – Vocal, piano
    • Eric Perney – Bass
    • Colin Stetson – Saxophone
    • Gino Robair – Drums
    • Ara Anderson – Muted trumpet
  2. "Everything You Can Think" – 3:10
  3. "Flower's 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 saxophone
    • 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 – Saxophone
    • 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)[16] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 20
US Billboard 200[18] 33
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 27
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 7
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 13
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 27
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 3
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[27] 3
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 5
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 26
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[30] 48

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[31] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Alice – Tom Waits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Blood Money / Alice". Entertainment Weekly. May 10, 2002. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Costa, Maddy (May 3, 2002). "We're all mad here". The Guardian. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Cromelin, Richard (May 5, 2002). "The Rasp Man Goes Operatic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ McNamee, Paul (May 18, 2002). "Waits, Tom : Alice". NME. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bowers, William (May 13, 2002). "Tom Waits: 'Alice' and 'Blood Money'". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tom Waits: Alice". Q (190): 114. May 2002. 
  9. ^ Fricke, David (April 25, 2002). "Alice". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ Milner, Greg (June 2002). "Nowhere Men". Spin. 18 (6): 109. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tom Waits: Alice". Uncut (61): 106. June 2002. 
  12. ^ "Best of 2002". metacritic.com. 2002. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  13. ^ Keith Phipps (2002-05-29). "Interview: Tom Waits". avclub.com. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  14. ^ http://www.impalamusic.org/docum/04-press/awardsPR0905.pdf
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  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
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  27. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
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  31. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Tom Waits – Alice" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.  Enter Alice in the "Artiest of titel" box.