Bad As Me (2011)

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It’s hard to imag­ine many other artists sound­ing this en­er­gised after nearly 40 years, but Waits’ 16th stu­dio record­ing is a joy­ful noise, full of hu­mour and rock blus­ter. It’s wholly fit­ting when Sat­is­fac­tion namechecks Mick and Keef (the lat­ter light­ing up the song with blues rock licks straight out of Beale Street), and there are touches of Sun Records swing on the likes of Get Lost. A hand­ful of del­i­cate bal­lads aside (in­clud­ing the Townes Van Zandt-ish Last Leaf), the hard pit at the cen­tre of this record is Hell Broke Luce, a churning piece of mu­si­cal the­atre-meets-war zone re­portage, with Ri­bot and Richards trad­ing hotrod riffs over the nar­ra­tion of a dis­il­lu­sioned vet­eran. It’s punk­ish, bol­shie and ut­terly vi­tal.

Rec­om­mended track: Hell Broke Luce

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