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Night On Earth: Original Soundtrack Recording
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Released in 1992, Waits's soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's quirky Night on Earth is built around a recurrent theme reminiscent of Rain Dogs and manipulated into moods that reflect the cities in which the movie's various storie... more »
Released in 1992, Waits's soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's quirky Night on Earth is built around a recurrent theme reminiscent of Rain Dogs and manipulated into moods that reflect the cities in which the movie's various stories are told. Banjo and accordion are used to great effect to evoke the three European cities. Elsewhere, marimba and other percussion that Tom Waits was using on his "official" recordings at the time are well suited to the darkness and humor in Jarmusch's stories. The two new songs written by Waits and partner Kathleen Brennan stick to the same instrumental blueprint, but have little to commend them to a place in the pantheon of Waits's songs. As accompaniment to the movie, this music works; as a stand-alone recording it is a long-haul listen. --Rob Stewart
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E. Hoffman | 02/06/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Waits' soundtrack to this 1992 Jarmusch film is at times haunting, beautiful, deranged, aggravating, and amusing. Worth a listen by any Waits fan. Includes 3 vocal performances that rank among his best - particularly the waltz "Good Old World" and its instrumental equivalent."
3 and 1/2 Stars - Interesting For Fans
Bill R. Moore | Oklahoma, USA | 08/25/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Night On Earth is a mostly instrumental recording from Tom Waits. The songs are mostly in the vein of his recent four studio albums at that time (Swordfishtrombones through Bone Machine - particularly the latter album and Rain Dogs), in that they feature his typically quirky percussion and wind instrument soundscapes - his "junkyard orchestra." The album's motif is quite nifty: Waits has crafted a main theme that changes and morphs according to the different cities that they represent in the movie - from the raging electric guitar of the Los Angeles theme to the beautiful stringed instrumentals of the later tracks. These instrumentals are fairly typical of Waits, and are good as far as they go. Imagine Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, or Bone Machine without vocals, and you have a pretty good idea of what you're getting. There are also three songs with vocals. These feature Waits's typically wacky and intimitable lyrics, and are performed in a calmer, more soothing way than his other current material of the time (Bone Machine.) This album seems like it would work best as a backdrop for the movie (which I haven't seen), than as a stand-alone product. Still, it has its charms in the latter context as well. Reccommended for Waits fans (though you should have his other albums before you pick this one up), and fans of the movie."
Typically Atypical Tom Waits Album
William Hardy | Maryland, USA | 02/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music has a repetitiveness I like, a constantly moving theme, like a monster tramping around in the darkness. These are not pop tunes but mood music. Variations give it an alternately boozy barroom feel or a Twilight Zone paranoia. The two versions of the sung "Good Old World"--one brutal and bulldoggy, one sentimentally in-the-cups--are both keepers, reminiscent of the parallel versions of "Innocent When You Dream" on Franks Wild Years. "The Other Side of the World", the only other track with lyrics, is a bridge between the Franks Wild Years and Black Rider albums, with lots of that lost, old world, Brothers Grimm mood. It's one of my favorite Waits tunes, and full of his new love for Kathleen Brennan."