So I go away for a little while - talking to God on the mountain, swimming in the Irish sea, eating fire, drinking from the Ganges, that sort of thing - and when I return you're already at Heartattack and Vine. And you've voted out so many cool numbers from Small Change...
Anyway, I'm voting for "San Diego Serenade", "Shiver Me Timbers", "The Heart of Saturday Night", "Romeo Is Bleeding, "Wrong Side of the Road" and "In Shades".
Just listened to Heartattack and Vine again. I don't know what it is with Tom, but he can sing those teary-eyed Hollywood strings ballads like nobody else. I always get a lump of my throat when he whispers "... and I thought I heard a mockingbird..."
Kind lost track of this but I'm really enjoying Heart Attack and Vine. May rise to be one of my favorite Tom Waits albums. The run from Downtown really to the end is awesome. I also much prefer his version of Jersy Girl to Bruce's (didn't even know it was his song originally).
In revisiting Blue Valentine I was significantly less impressed than before. Lots of samey sounding songs and some of the slower material really plods along.
This album is awesome. Prior to the survivor I was only familiar with Closing Time and Rain Dogs. I was looking forward to seeing how he went from one extreme to another and I guess we’re here. Swordfishtrombones is such an abrupt change that I don’t think there was anything hinting to the new direction on previous albums. But I definitely welcome this change as it’s far more musically unique and interesting than anything he’s done up to this point (although I still quite liked most of what I’ve heard).
It's not a weird or unpopular opinion.I've been watching this survivor a bit, and while I'm not planning to join it anytime soon, I was wondering...is it weird saying Mule Variations is your favourite Tom Waits album? Because it's mine and I was curious if it was a really unpopular opinion or something.
I've been watching this survivor a bit, and while I'm not planning to join it anytime soon, I was wondering...is it weird saying Mule Variations is your favourite Tom Waits album? Because it's mine and I was curious if it was a really unpopular opinion or something.
Swordfishtrombones sounds experimental in the most literal sense, it's like you're there in the laboratory with Tom, trying out all these new ideas for the first time. Sometimes it doesn't quite work - "Shore Leave", for instance, has a very cool arrangement but the half-spoken vocals don't seem to go anywhere in particular, and even more fully developed tunes like "Underground" sound rather tentative. An unusually large amount of instrumentals as well. Still, this is obviously a classic album (although I wouldn't say it's clearly better than Heartattack and Vine, which I think tends to be underrated in relation to the other eighties albums).