The Black Rider (1993)

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A col­lec­tion of songs orig­i­nally writ­ten to ac­com­pany an avant-garde play (penned by Junkie au­thor and arch-weirdo Wil­liam S Bur­roughs), based on a 19th century Ger­man opera; what could pos­si­bly go wrong? Not with­out prece­dent, Waits had pre­vi­ously writ­ten mu­sic to ac­com­pany his own stage play (1987’s Frank’s Wild Years), and would do so again for 2002’s more palat­able Alice and Blood Money al­bums. Di­vorced from the source ma­te­rial, how­ever, these songs are buried be­neath gales of dis­so­nant brass and wood­wind, with the gui­tar and banjo of PJ Har­vey/Eels side­man Joe Gore be­ing all but lost amongst this rather unlov­able racket.

Rec­om­mended track: Cross­roads

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