Blood Money

Blood Money

by Tom WaitsTom Waits


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The underlying concept of Blood Money -- that of a German soldier, driven so mad by his role as a medical guinea pig that he ends up murdering his girlfriend in cold blood -- isn't exactly the stuff of party albums. But doggone it if Tom Waits doesn't practically force you to dig into this Grand Guignol feast and enjoy it. Sonically, the songs on Blood Money -- which Waits wrote with longtime collaborator Kathleen Brennan for a sociopolitical play called Woyzeck -- rank the album among Waits's wilder ones. There's a hint of his trademark calliope music, a dash of Charles Aznavour-styled crooning, and a bedrock of the stomping art-blues that marked his mid-'80s offerings. He sets the tone early on, regaling listeners with a pair of short, sharp pieces that leave little doubt about where his characters, or his listeners, are heading. "Misery Is the River of the World" stealthily seeps into the edgy, muttered "Everything Goes to Hell" with a creepy élan -- a spell that's briefly broken by the unabashedly lovely, heart-on-sleeve dedication of "Coney Island Baby." The sweetness and light don't last long, however, since Waits is soon off pondering divine malfunction on the sardonic "God's Away on Business" and sprinkling biblical metaphor into the woozy "Starving in the Belly of the Whale." By album's end, Waits sounds irrevocably convinced that we're all utterly doomed to suffer "Woe" and permanently bemoan "The Part You Throw Away." Blood Money is guaranteed to make you think -- and pretty likely to keep you up at night after your first listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2002
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778662920
catalogNumber: 86629
Rank: 8641

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Waits   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Calliope,Electric Guitar,Vocals,chamberlain,Pump Organ,Toy Piano
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica
Stewart Copeland   Drums,Log Drums
Matthew Brubeck   Bass,Cello
Larry Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Myles Boisen   Guitar
Bent Clausen   Bass Drums,Marimbas
Joe Gore   Electric Guitar
Nick Phelps   Trumpet,Tenor Tuba
Gino Robair   Bongos,Gong,Marimbas,Bells,Timpani,Floor Tom
Dan Plonsey   Clarinet
Andrew Borger   Marimbas
Colin Stetson   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Horn,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ara Anderson   Trumpet
Dawn Harms   Violin
Bebe Risenfors   Accordion
Casey Waits   Drums

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Producer
Kathleen Brennan   Producer
Bent Clausen   Contributor
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Mule Patterson   Contributor
Allen Sudduth   Engineer
Heather Fremling   Contributor
Jeff Abarta   Art Direction
Jacquire King   Engineer
Jeff Sloan   Engineer
Jesse Dylan   Concept
Matthew Sperry   Basic Track
Richard Fisher   Studio Support

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