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Tom Waits for no man,
This review is from: Rain Dogs (Audio CD)
This album is truly excellent. I'm not incredibly familiar with a lot of Waits's work, although I do own Used Songs, a collection of his earlier work, and I know the odd song here and there from his later years. The Used Songs era stuff is brilliant, rock steeped in blues and jazz and delivered in Waits's iconic voice - rough as sandpaper and mean as a dog. His real strength, however, is his ability to paint pictures and tell stories through his lyrics, usually pictures of moody street scenes in the wrong part of town, and stories of down-and-outs who still carry a torch for some long lost rose.
What Waits does on Rain Dogs is at heart the same thing, but with a much broader scope and in the spirit of adventure. The instrumentation, the musical styles (there is a wonderful polka on this album, and even a piece of spoken-word poetry set to music), the stories (sailing to Singapore under the command of a one-armed dwarf, dancing with the Rose of Tralee, falling out of a window with confetti in the hair somewhere in New Orleans) and the sheer emotional pull of some of these songs is captivating. I recommend that you buy it, buddy.