Saturday, December 16, 2006

Waits, There's More

Now that I've lived with Tom Waits' "Orphans" for a few days, I can say without hesitation that this is the best release of 2006. I'm just astounded by the scope and quality of the thing. Tom could very well be the greatest American artist alive today, and he seems to be getting substantially better as he ages.

Oddly enough, I think my favourite track is the little throwaway reading of Bukowski's "Nirvana" - a beautiful piece of writing that stops me cold every time I hear it.