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January 7, 2007

Overlooked Alternatives: The Best of 2006

Filed under: Best of 2006,Music,Overlooked Alternatives — Tom @ 3:28 pm

This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to spotlighting the best releases of 2006. Rather than a simple list, I’ve decided that it would be more fair to pick out those releases that will continue to provide enjoyment for years to come – because putting numbers next to names really doesn’t mean anything when it comes to enjoyment. These are the things that, when it comes down to it, just depended on mood as to which I prefer rather than what was truly better than what. However, one in particular stood out above the rest, and today is dedicated to solely to that release:

  1. Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards: Somehow, 30+ years on, Tom Waits has done the unthinkable – he’s managed to turn out a set of essentially lost songs that winds up being one of his most stunning and beautiful pieces of work. The amazing thing about Orphans isn’t just that it’s beautiful – it’s consistently great, which stands as a testament to not only Waits’ quality as a musician and writer but to his choices as sidemen.

    What makes Orphans best-of-the-year is that not only is it one of the most exciting releases of the year, it’s one of Waits’ best releases, period, a feat not too common among box sets, and especially not of rarities sets. Sourced from disparate places and covering a considerable amount of Waits’ career, each disc can stand on its own but the set taken as a whole flows like a big, beautiful epic.

    Like the best of Waits’ music, Orphans presents an oddly beautiful look at a ramshackle world filled with compelling characters often of the most disturbing sort. They beg the listener back to revisit them again and again because the stories and the music continually reveal new details. Orphans is something truly special.

Check back in coming days for further installments!


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