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.