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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Big Bad Love Soundtrack

Two new Tom Waits tunes are the main attractions on this blues-heavy soundtrack.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Two new songs from the one and only Tom Waits are the biggest drawing cards on this blues-heavy soundtrack album. And for Tom fans, they’ll be worth the price of admission.

Long Way Home is a gently two-stepping country number full of long-distance regret; Jayne’s Blue Wish is a spindly, gravel-throated lullabye waltz for acoustic guitar and French horn. The other 10 tracks on this 45-minute disc are nothing to complain about, either. There are two tracks from former Television personality Tom Verlaine — including an instrumental collaboration with Kronos Quartet — along with an old Steve Earle cut (Goodbye) and a whole bunch of authentic Mississippi blues from Fat Possum folk like Kenny Brown, Asie Payton, R.L. Burnside and T-Model Ford. Sure, most of it’s not new, but it still beats the hell outta those lousy B-side collections that pass for soundtracks today.