Come Listen To This All-Hebrew Tom Waits Cover Album Right Now Because It Is Great For Real
So there is a Tom Waits cover album, “Used Songs,” where all the songs are sung in Hebrew and oh god no lie we are completely unironically in love with this thing, and not as some sort of novelty item. We love clever covers, and this works out beautifully.
While very few people can grumble and howl like Waits, the artists on the album do an admirable job trying – aided in no small part by the Hebrew language’s naturally guttural quality, which lends itself well to Waits’ earthy growl.
Waits’ lurching carnival-cum-barroom brawl sound is so familiar, so evocative, so Tom Waits, that you can pretty much instantly identify what you’re hearing, lyrics or no. Our favorites so far are “Clap Hands” and “God’s Away On Business.” The Clap version here out-growls Waits and slows the pacing down just a bit to a more menacing crawl. “God’s Away” uses overdubbed vocals to give an almost choral, open, airy feeling to the song in contrast to Waits’ claustrophobic whisper. The only sadness we have about the whole enterprise is that no one covered our favorite Waits song.
Click the linky below to stream the whole album and then hop over to Bandcamp where you can buy the whole thing for the amount of whatever you feel like, because of what how Israel is all socialist kibbutzes or something.