Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tom Waits "The Black Rider" (1993)

As the album opens, Waits suddenly appears as a twisted, scary carnival barker.  Is this the first time he's played this persona?  It feels so natural... of course he's a carnival barker!

Written in part with William Burroughs, this is the music for a stage production, so there is as much emphasis on the incidental music as the "songs" per se. 

While the stage production apparently lasts for 3 hours, this album is a modest 55 minutes. 

It's certainly interesting from a fan's standpoint, but a minor work compared to most of Wait's catalog.

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