50 Best Albums of 2011

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Tom Waits, 'Bad as Me'

23. Tom Waits, 'Bad as Me'

"Kiss me like a stranger once again," Tom Waits sings in a heartbreaking growl on this vocally dynamic, emotionally direct album, one of his best. The guitars come in many shades of blues, no small thanks to guests like Marc Ribot and Keith Richards – who plays on four tracks and lends his grizzled croon to "Last Leaf."

Will Hermes' Original Review: Tom Waits' 'Bad as Me'
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