“Back in the Crowd” is the latest single off Tom Waits’ forthcoming album, Bad As Me. And it’s a rather impressive turn from what we heard on the title track, which served as the record’s lead single. Whereas “Bad As Me” sounds like a clangy, drunken stupor, “Back in the Crowd” is a melodic, sweet love song. It just goes to show that we can’t really ever know what expect from Waits. Ever. But that’s not a bad thing at all, especially considering how great he sounds here over the intricate guitar work of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Marc Ribot.
You can stream “Back in the Crowd” and “Bad As Me” below. They’re out now on iTunes. Bad As Me is due out Oct. 25.
“Back in the Crowd”
“Bad as Me”