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TOM WAITS - Swordfishtrombones LP

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TOM WAITS - Swordfishtrombones LP

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Includes download code. 
180 gram vinyl. 
Highly recommended. 

This is the album that gave us the new Tom Waits. The gravelly voiced barfly sitting at the piano has completely morphed into this character who prefers to dress like a senior citizen and hang out in junkyards. From here on in, it'll be pipes and overturned barrels as percussion, out of tune pawn shop guitars for rythm and a bottle of plastic bag of rusty nails as a vocal coach.

The songs on Swordfishtrombones are classic Waits. Every tune is worthy of mention. Lively and funny on "16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six" and "Frank's Wild Years"; reflective and poignant in "A Town With No Cheer"; and achingly heartfelt with the greatest 90-second love song ever on "Johnsburg, Illinois." Keeping with the melancholy, is there a more heart-breaking song about war than "A Soldier's Things?" (Without even mentioning the battlefield.) Waits can make you feel the impossibility of trying to move on when your loved one isn't coming home, an example of reserve and subtlety for you future writers.

The album closes with "Rainbirds," a piano and bass instrumental that feels like that old Waits persona playing in that bar, after it's closed, nobody there, save for somebody putting up the bar stools and getting ready to go home. It's the end of the night and Waits has expressed and made you feel every honest emotion into your day.

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