Tom Waits: Michael O'brien
Will Hermes
November 27, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Orphans

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
102 minutes
performer
Albert Finney, Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Peter Mullan
director
Peter Mullan
distributor
Shooting Gallery
author
Peter Mullan
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it an A

In his 30 years of making music, Tom Waits has fashioned an evocatively scabby America, filled with hard-luck cases hollering blues and wheezing ballads. The three-CD set Orphans, built from new, old, and rare recordings, adds a truckload of characters to his dramatis personae. Some come via covers, including one Brecht song and two by the Ramones (!). But the bulk are Waits’, often dressed in scrap-yard percussion and sublime guitar noise, each — from hobo to suicide bomber — familiar, compelling, and tugging out empathy.

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