Glitter and Doom Live

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November 20, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

It’s hard to imagine how an artist could be any weirder and still play to the kind of adoring cult audience that Tom Waits has built up over the past few decades. On Glitter and Doom Live, his first live disc since 1988, recorded last year at concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe, the gravel-voiced singer-actor growls through recentish tunes like ”Get Behind the Mule” and ”Green Grass” while his band lays down an ugly-beautiful brand of repair-shop blues. Waits tends to inspire love-it-or-hate-it reactions; those who don’t dig him will probably be mystified by the over-the-top cheers captured here. B

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