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Tom Waits: Glitter and Doom Live

<em>Glitter and Doom Live,</em> a double-disc album drawn from Waits' <em>Glitter and Doom</em> tour, captures the &ldquo;force&rdquo; of one of America&rsquo;s great songwriters.

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A Tom Waits concert is a “feast for the ears and eyes,” said James Reed in The Boston Globe. But to catch this musical madman in action is rare, considering that he hardly ever tours, and when he does, he often sticks to just a few cities. For the Glitter and Doom tour, Waits supposedly only scheduled performances in towns where people owed him money. Glitter and Doom Live, a double-disc album drawn from the short tour, captures the “crackling energy and force” of the showman in all his glory. From the “grim spook jazz” of “Green Grass” to his always perfect piano ballads, this collection is an “illuminating snapshot” of one of America’s great songwriters. It’s more than merely a “souvenir of a tour,” said Stephen M. Deusner in Pitchforkmedia.com. Glitter and Doom Live turns out to be a “de facto greatest hits of Waits’ fourth decade of music.” Over the years, the 60-year-old’s “gnarly adventurousness” and sinister sense of humor haven’t waned but only intensified.

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