Monday, October 22, 2007

The Black Rider

A few years ago, Tom Waits came out with "The Black Rider", a spooky, dark album with a greasy black soul. Waits' music is an acquired taste to be sure. And if you thought Waits was strange before, hearing The Black Rider leaves no doubt.

The macabre themes in the album are made more eery with the use of strange instruments including bassoons and saws, along with Waits' low, seething voice- conjuring up images of devil's workshops, dark attics and deserted forests.

This record remains a favorite of mine around this time of year. Sure to quickly put you in the spirit and have you looking over your shoulder at imagined shadows and sudden movements.

Check out "Crossroads" from the album...


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