Bone Machine (album) by Tom Waits

Bone Machine
Bone Machine by Tom Waits (1992)
Overall rank: 838th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 20 albums of 1992 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (161st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (838th)

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Bone Machine is ranked 5th best out of 28 albums by Tom Waits on

The best album by Tom Waits is Rain Dogs which is ranked number 100 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 16,014.

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From Krokolito 12/31/2019 16:48
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From Pretender 07/19/2019 04:04
His worst album.
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From Sandrof1969 02/18/2018 19:19
Il mio primo album di Tom Waits è rimasto anche uno dei miei preferiti, anche se nel corso degli anni ha avuto, nei miei favori, alcuni alti e bassi. Oggi lo ritengo, tra i suoi dischi migliori, quello dove, forse per l'ultima volta, l'autore sposta ulteriormente i confini della propria musica: nei bassifondi ci si era già arrivati e con esiti da urlo. Qui si arriva, in alcuni brani, dritti all'inferno senza che questo suo interpretare una sorta di diavolo buono diventi una posa, come a mio avviso avverrà in seguito. Non c'è "Mule variations" che tenga: per me l'ultimo capolavoro di Tom Waits è questo.
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From Daydreamer 10/19/2017 22:37
Tom Waits' second best album, and it isn't much below Rain Dogs.

Very dark sounding album with an almost industrial sound in places. Like almost every Waits album it is a bit inconsistent but the highs are incredibly high.

Even though the album is quite diverse, the ballads are easily the best tracks for me here, with some of Tom's most passionate and emotional vocal performances.
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From TheSmiths82-87 06/17/2016 10:25
Bone Machine has to be considered somewhat of a masterpiece, it is probably on a par with Rain Dogs as Tom Wait’s best album. But whereas Rain Dogs is often quirky, Bone Machine has a much darker feel to it with songs such as Dirt In The Ground, Earth Died Screaming, Murder In The Red Barn and Black Wings. But Black Wings and Dirt In The Ground in particular are both brilliant tracks, the lyrics of Black Wings contain some wonderful imagery but don’t listen to it alone at night!
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From garycottier 04/20/2016 15:22
Bone machine, is Tom Waits' industrial album. It's dark, unsettling, and has a kind of mechanical sound to it, like it was recorded in some nightmarish factory. First track, earth died screaming, is actually one of the more challenging songs, as if he wanted to scare the daylights out of any casual passers by. Such a scream, in the colosseum, and, murder in the red barn, all have this similar eeriness about them. Although, somewhere underneath all this doom and gloom are some of Waits' loveliest songs, a little rain, and, whistle down the wind, are both great, and, who are you, is superb too, although a little darker. My favourite tracks are the alt.rock of, goin' out west, and the utterly fantastic, I don't wanna grow up. That feel, featuring Keith Richards, is a brilliantly sloppy closer to a strange and unique album. The ultimate Tom Waits in hell record.
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From thisismajorthom 02/24/2016 20:00
Dirt in the Ground and Who Are You are two of Tom Waits' best songs and the rest are still incredible
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From junodog4 12/14/2014 22:26
Tom Waits lets fly and creates another gem.
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From rogue 11/05/2014 17:23
Beautiful and strange record. It sounds like it lies somewhere between an old friend's funeral and a night of drinking too much.
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Best Albums of 1992
1. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
2. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
3. Slanted And Enchanted by Pavement
4. Dirt by Alice In Chains
5. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
6. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
7. Angel Dust by Faith No More
8. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
9. Images And Words by Dream Theater
10. Down Colorful Hill by Red House Painters
11. Wish by The Cure
12. Core by Stone Temple Pilots
13. Dirty by Sonic Youth
14. Bone Machine by Tom Waits
15. Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
16. Vulgar Display Of Power by Pantera
17. Unplugged by Eric Clapton
18. Harvest Moon by Neil Young
19. Lazer Guided Melodies by Spiritualized
20. Copper Blue by Sugar
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