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Early blues beginnings of the twisted cabaret master
on 19 January 2001
There is little musical indication on this CD of the twisted genius that Waits, reinventing himself in the 1980's with 'Swordfishtrombones', would become. Thematically, though, his work has always stayed true to his world of messed-up love affairs, after-hours sleazy bars, and alcohol-fuelled melancholia. A collection of simple blues-based melodies for voice and guitar/piano, highlights are 'Diamonds on my Windshield', 'Ol'55', and 'Grapefruit Moon'. Of interest to all Waits fans and for those who want an introduction to his world which is easier than his more challenging, but ultimately more rewarding, later work.