Tom Waits - 2002
This album is a collection of songs from a musical that Tom and his wife Kathleen wrote about Alice, you know the one, from Wonderland. It completely stands on its own however, as one of Tom's strongest albums ever. It's filled with sorrow, sadness, and mayhem. Tom is like a cross between a homeless drunk, a has been disc jockey, a brilliant poet, and a carnival ringmaster. At every turn there are different tones, both from instruments and his voice. He recorded a number of great albums in the 00's and continued his acting career as well, but Alice stands alone as a masterpiece.