Pump organ, glockenspiel, Mellotron - Waits finds a way to make them all work together to create a fantastic, inventive record. Buy the Vinyl Me, Please exclusive edition of this album here. But six years of solitude did good for Tom Waits, and he returned to the scene with a Album) label, a new attitude, and a new album that made it seem like he had never left. What Mule Variations brought was a whole new, tightened songwriting style for Waits; supposedly, he had decided that his songs had become a bit too lengthy and far-reaching, and had decided on a more concise and direct writing approach.
This resulted is one of the catchiest Tom Waits albums in his catalogue, steeped deeply in Southern blues and gospel. Waits would later claim that it was Brennan who originally convinced him to not only embrace his desire for more out-there musical excursions, but to go Album) deeper down the rabbit hole, abandoning his beat-poet persona for something a little… stranger.
The result of this complete change of direction was Swordfishtrombonesthe first of a three-part series of sorts that would serve as some of the most diverse music the singer-songwriter had ever put to record. Hearing this album in tandem with his previous work, Heartattack and Vineyou can hear the change of tone and song writing. Gone are the ballads that peppered his previous albums; discarded are the string arrangements and jazz piano, replaced with bone-rattling marimbas and low, menacing horns.
Released as a double-album of sorts, Blood Money and Alice are two sides of the same coin. Each record was originally made for a different play; Blood Money for Woyzeck, Alice for a play of the same name, both directed by Robert Wilson.
Between the two of them, the albums have an impressive array of different instruments that are all put on display, such as the stroh violin and circular violin used throughout Alice, or the calliope and log drums played by none other than Stewart Copeland!
Both albums present this in different ways, and seeing them work together completes the full picture that they both show only part of by themselves. For an album Easy Street - Tom Waits - Truckdrivers Divorce (CD is nearly an hour long, Rain Dogs has little in the way of filler - this is a full, heady album, perfect for audiophiles or those interested in a deep, completely unique listening experience.
Hell, nearly every single song has something new to give, a new astonishing musical texture to reveal. She has fired her husband through lean times, dark depressions and the whole artistic package. By the end of the 90s Waits had achieved the goals of integrity married to financial independence, thanks in part to an unlikely cover of Downtown Train by Rod Stewart, which went Top 10 in America and Europe, and mostly to an effective lawsuit against the Frito-Lay crisps company who used a jokey Tom Waits soundalike for a Doritos Album).
Phase three for Waits has been a marriage of the hard-boiled narrative and the simply hard-to-fathom. Those who know his ways are game for the perplexing twists. Curious newcomers are advised to dip in slowly. Four albums in, Waits ups his ante, Album). Rod Stewart covered this. View Deal. Quite an intro. The album also includes Downtown Train — a big hit for Rod Stewart five years later in Despite the brilliance of predecessor Blue Valentinethis album has longer legs.
Character-packed, the album focuses on men back from war and hovering on the brink of terminal despondency.
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