The Download

Few storytellers can match wits with Tom Waits. For three decades, he has summoned up the things that go bump in the night with a voice that resembles a busted carburetor being dragged down a dirt road. Before Scarlett Johansson has her way with him (Scarlett Sings Tom Waits hits shelves in 2007 — seriously), check out a few tracks from the upcoming Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, a three-disc collection of rarities and new material. “Road to Peace” and “Bottom of the World” (Brawlers) showcases the more boisterous side of Waits; “You Can’t Hold Back Spring” (Bawlers) slows things down for a Louis Armstrong-style ballad. Bastards is reserved for the truly bizarre. Now playing at www.anti.com.

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