Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce (2012)

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Like many in the music media, we’ve spent the last few weeks puzzling over a string of curious press releases from Tom Waits’ people — pictures of Waits menaced by a shark or wearing an eye patch, emblazoned only with the words “AUGUST 7.” They looked funny, odd, portentous, utterly Waitsian. Was it a long-awaited tour announcement? A speedy follow-up or companion piece to last year’s terrific Bad As Me? Some sort of crazy multimedia stunt allowing fans to burrow into Waits’ mysterious and inscrutable brain? The possibilities dazzled. When the big reveal finally hit this morning, I immediately moaned to Bob Boilen, “A video?” For a song we’ve already heard? Yep: A four-minute video for “Hell Broke Luce,” the bracing, stomping, grunt’s-eye view of war that so stood out on Bad As Me last year. A tour or new album would be terrific, sure, but that video — conceived and directed by Matt Mahurin — is pretty damn remarkable in its own right. [Source]


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