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Tom Waits

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Rain Dogs

 

    Tom Waits is a man who makes a living sounding as if he's always either just waking up or nodding off from the end of a bourbon binge. So perhaps unsurprisingly, it took him nine albums to find a college audience (with 1983's Swordfishtrombones) and ten albums to find some real musical clarity. With Rain Dogs, he dropped his bedraggled lounge-piano act and fused outsider influences -- socialist decadence by way of Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues, the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass -- into a singularly... Read More

idiosyncratic American style.

Rain Dogs offers a dangerous world, nasty for the tough sailors in "Singapore" ("Don't fall asleep while you're ashore"), infinitely sad for the hustlers of New York's "Union Square" and no fun at all in jail. The music is bony and menacingly beautiful, the desultory electric-guitar solo as cold as the rattle of marimbas in "Clap Hands." The evocative, elliptical rhymes describe scenes and characters with poetic precision but use atmosphere, not narrative, to connect them. Waits' expanded palette culls spy-movie jazz in the instrumental "Midtown," with the saxophone screaming, possibly, for its life to be spared. It's hard to hear "Downtown Train" without accepting the inevitability of Rod Stewart's Top Ten cover -- Waits must be used to strange bedfellows -- but it's quirky near-pop, the all-pro instrumentation pushing Waits' not-so-melodic but surprisingly flexible vocals out front, where his own peculiar freak flag, his big heart and his romantic optimism gloriously fly.

ARION BERGER
(RS 907 - October 17, 2002)





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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs-'85 Urban Blues-new Lp Reissue
"tom Waits
  LP   Vinyl Kiosk
Greece
  $21.85     Details
TOM WAITS - Rain Dogs   TOM WAITS   Rain Dogs
Tracks: 1-singapore 2-clap Hands 3-cemetery Polka 4-jockey Full Of Bourbon 5-tango Till Theyre 6-...
  LP   VG+/VG sebo do disc
Brazil
  $25.30     Details
  Tom Waits   Rain Dogs ( With Inner )
Sweden, Island, Ilps 9803
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $54.00     Details
  Waits,tom   Rain Dogs
Oop On Vinyl - Original 1985 U.s. Pressing - Radio Promo - Gold Stamp - Very Scarce - Great Album...
  LP   EX/VG++ Salt Burn
United States
  $199.45     Details

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