"Bad as Me" is the upcoming seventeenth studio album, due to be released on October 25, 2011 by ANTI- Records. The album is known to have been recorded as early as February 2011 and was officially announced for release on August 23, 2011 on Waits' official web site and various social media networks. On the same day, the title track, "Bad as Me," was released as the album's first single on iTunes.
The album is also Waits' first album consisting completely of new material in seven years since Real Gone (2004). Waits' label, ANTI-, recently agreed on a distribution deal with Warner Music Group allowing them to release the album internationally. This marks Waits' first release through the Warner organisation since Heartattack and Vine (1980).
Following an annoucement by Waits on his official web site on August 16, 2011 stating that he "will set the record straight," the artwork, track listing, song length and an audio clip of "Bad as Me" were released on Amazon and musicME. According to Waits, in a YouTube video announcing the release of Bad as Me, the leak of information "spoiled the surprise" of his announcement as the single was "going to go out everywhere, into the blood stream." The previous June, Waits posted a picture of a chalkboard, with the lyrics to the song's chorus, on his official web site and social media pages. The song is also the eight track on Bad as Me, due to be released on October 25, 2011.
Todays tune "Bad as Me" is a song written collectively by Waits and his wife Kathleen Brennan. Written and recorded during the sessions for his upcoming studio album of the same name, the song was released as Waits' seventeenth single on August 23, 2011 and was the first new studio material by Waits in seven years, since Real Gone (2004) "Bad As Me" is a raw noisy, bluesy piece, but in a characteristic and typical way and obviously unhinged. The song swings and I like this, it will be incredibly exciting to hear the whole album.
The album is due to be released worldwide on October 25, 2011 in three formats: a digipak CD version with a 32-page booklet and free digital download in FLAC, AAC or MP3; a deluxe edition two-CD version with 40-page booklet and free digital download; and a 180 gram LP and CD with a lyric sheet and free digital download. A sole digital download of the album is also available for pre-order on iTunes
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