Alice (Tom Waits album)

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Alice
Tom Waits-Alice.jpg
Studio album / soundtrack by
ReleasedMay 7, 2002 (2002-05-07)
StudioIn The Pocket Studio, Forestville, California
GenreRock, experimental
Length48:23
LabelANTI-
ProducerKathleen Brennan, Tom Waits
Tom Waits chronology
Mule Variations
(1999)
Alice
(2002)
Blood Money
(2002)
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 fourteenth studio album by Tom Waits, released in 2002 on Epitaph Records (under the Anti sub-label).

Background[edit]

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, an album containing songs from Wilson and Waits' 2000 musical Woyzeck.

Alice 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
  2. "Everything You Can Think" – 3:10
  3. "Flower's Grave" – 3:28
  4. "No One Knows I'm Gone" – 1:42
  5. "Kommienezuspadt" – 3:10
  6. "Poor Edward" – 3:42
  7. "Table Top Joe" – 4:14
  8. "Lost in the Harbour" – 3:45
  9. "We're All Mad Here" – 2:31
  10. "Watch Her Disappear" – 2:33
  11. "Reeperbahn" – 4:02
  12. "I'm Still Here" – 1:49
  13. "Fish & Bird" – 3:59
  14. "Barcarolle" – 3:59
  15. "Fawn" – 1:43 (Instrumental)

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes.[16]

Musicians
Technical
  • Jeff Abarta – art direction
  • Gerd Bessler – engineer (8)
  • Kathleen Brennan – producer
  • Richard Fisher – studio support
  • Oz Fritz – engineer (1-11, 13, 15), mixing
  • Jacquire King – engineer (12, 14), mixing (3, 8)
  • Matt Mahurin – photography, concept
  • Ralfinoe – design
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Jeff Sloan – second engineer
  • Tom Waits – producer

Chart information[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 26
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 7
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 3
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 16
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 48
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 27
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 27
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 10
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 13
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 20
US Billboard 200[31] 33

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[32] Gold 40,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Alice by Tom Waits". Metacritic. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Alice – Tom Waits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (May 10, 2002). "Blood Money / Alice". Entertainment Weekly. 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 / 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
  15. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/69456/billboard-bits-waits-bozulich-santa-fe-jazz-fest
  16. ^ "Tom Waits - Alice". Discogs. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
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  22. ^ "Charts.nz – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  23. ^ "Tom Waits: Alice" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  24. ^ "Lescharts.com – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  25. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Tom Waits – Alice" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  26. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  27. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  29. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Tom Waits – Alice". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  30. ^ "Tom Waits | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  31. ^ "Tom Waits Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  32. ^ "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.