Music Reviews

posted: February 25, 2009


T Bone Burnett – Tooth of Crime Tooth of Crime

Nonesuch CD
T Bone Burnett – Tooth of Crime

Tom Waits and T Bone Burnett, separated at birth?  Perhaps, but perhaps quite a bit more.  The record starts with the song, “Anything I Say Can and Will be Used Against You”, where Burnette sings “People tell me I look like hell, well I am hell” and you suddenly feel like this might be part of a collection of lost tracks from Tom Waits’ Mule Variations album.

Jump ahead a couple more tracks and by the third track, “The Slowdown” this record has completely changed direction and takes on a Godley and Creme-esq feel.  Remember “Art School Canteen”?  Yep, this T Bone guy has wacky taste indeed, because two songs later we find ourselves in a hard core George Harrison groove.

I’ll leave the remaining five tracks for you to discover.  If you like bizarro art-school music that has a very sparse, ethereal feel, executed to a T, this one should be right up your alley.  Definitely a disc that should clear unwanted friends out of your living room, or female vocal lovers out of your favorite hifi show demo.

The hipsters will get it, though.

–Jeff Dorgay