Blood Money (Tom Waits album)

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Blood Money
Tom Waits-Blood Money.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 7, 2002 (2002-05-07)
GenreJazz, cabaret
Length42:11
LabelAnti
ProducerKathleen Brennan
Tom Waits
Tom Waits chronology
Mule Variations
(1999)
Blood Money
(2002)
Alice
(2002)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[6]
NME7/10[7]
Pitchfork9.0/10[8]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin7/10[11]

Blood Money is the 13th studio album by Tom Waits, released in 2002 on the ANTI- label.

The album contains songs written for the play Woyzeck, based on the play of the same name by Georg Büchner. The theatrical adaptation was directed by Robert Wilson, with whom Waits had worked on two previous plays: The Black Rider and Alice, both of which resulted in soundtrack albums. The latter was released simultaneously in 2002 with Blood Money. The play premiered at the Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen in November 2000.

The song "God's Away on Business" is featured in the 2005 film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

The song "Misery is the River of the World" is featured in The X-Files episode "Babylon", which aired on February 16, 2016.

The album ranked at #18 in Metacritic's Top 30 albums of 2002.[12]

As of 2003, Blood Money has sold 143,000 copies in the US, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.

  1. "Misery Is the River of the World" – 4:25
  2. "Everything Goes to Hell" – 3:45
  3. "Coney Island Baby" – 4:02
  4. "All the World Is Green" – 4:36
  5. "God's Away on Business" – 2:59
  6. "Another Man's Vine" – 2:28
  7. "Knife Chase" – 2:26 (Instrumental)
  8. "Lullaby" – 2:09
  9. "Starving in the Belly of a Whale" – 3:41
  10. "The Part You Throw Away" – 4:22
  11. "Woe" – 1:20
  12. "Calliope" – 1:59 (Instrumental)
  13. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" – 3:57

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[14] 25
Austrian Top 40[15] 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[16] 8
Belgian Albums Chart (Wa)[17] 33
Danish Albums Chart[18] 2
Dutch Top 100[19] 21
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 35
French SNEP Albums Chart[21] 36
German Albums Chart[22] 9
Irish Albums Chart[23] 4
Italian FIMI Albums Chart[24] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[25] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[26] 12
Swiss Hitparade Albums Chart[27] 25
UK Albums Chart[28] 21
US Billboard 200[29] 32
US Billboard Independent Albums[29] 2
US Billboard Internet Albums[29] 32

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[30] Gold 40,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Blood Money by Tom Waits". Metacritic. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blood Money – Tom Waits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Drafts for Rhapsody, 2007". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Blood Money / Alice". Entertainment Weekly. May 10, 2002. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Costa, Maddy (May 3, 2002). "We're all mad here". The Guardian. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Cromelin, Richard (May 5, 2002). "The Rasp Man Goes Operatic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  7. ^ McNamee, Paul (May 18, 2002). "Waits, Tom : Blood Money". NME. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  8. ^ Bowers, William (May 13, 2002). "Tom Waits: 'Alice' and 'Blood Money'". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Tom Waits: Blood Money". Q (190): 114. May 2002.
  10. ^ Fricke, David (April 25, 2002). "Blood Money". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  11. ^ Milner, Greg (June 2002). "Nowhere Men". Spin. 18 (6): 109. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  12. ^ The 30 Best-Reviewed Albums of the Year
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/69456/billboard-bits-waits-bozulich-santa-fe-jazz-fest
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  30. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Tom Waits – Blood Money" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Blood Money in the "Artiest of titel" box.