Heartattack & Vine Import
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Where "Closing Time" had a unique mix of jazz, country, and a smattering of blues, "Heartattack & Vine" plays a harder blues style throughout most of the CD. The songs that steal the show, however, steer away from that raw-blues style.
"Jersey Girl" is an acoustic piece that is an atypical Tom Waits love song. The surprise is that it is a love song by Tom Waits without sarcasm, pining or regret, yet it sounds very much like Tom Waits. And while not a sad song, it is still quite the tearjerker. Perhaps this is because of Waits' gutteral character singing all-out vulnerable worship for the blue-collar Jersey Girl he has fallen in love with. One of the greatest love songs ever written.
"On The Nickel" contains probably the most devastating and beautiful lyrics I have ever heard. "The Nickel" refers to a section of Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles that was gathering place for the homeless and down-&-out folks during the depression era. The song is the title score for the 1980 film by Ralph Waite. The music rings like a childrens' lullaby, with the words harking to the days when these now hapless "Nickel" characters were just little boys running amok and making mischief.Read more ›
The Devil's in the details, though, and that's where HEARTATTACK truly shines. Listen, why don't you, to the "sha la la" chorus of "Jersey Girl." The passionate urgency Waits puts into his vocals borders on parody, yet rings with the angst of a man yearning for the woman he loves, the one bright point in an otherwise bleary day. The way he growls out the title track, and the tender way he croons the line "I'll prolly be arrested when I'm in my grave, but I'll be saving all my love for you", showcase his emerging talent for delivering lines with ironical perfection. HEARTATTACK is a transitional record, but it is definitely one worth owning. One of his best, actually.
trust me, you'll feel like Tom is right there with you. I used to play this album daily at a bar I worked at in Edinburgh Scotland. Those crazy drunkards really loved it to death, which says alot more than any review here can.
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Exactly the product I wanted, delivered in perfect condition.
For those who enjoy Waits' work, this album is a treat. Read more
My favorite phrase is "I stole my neighbors truck and drove it through the mud".
A great performer. Read more
Unique musical talent, the instrumentation sooo garage-ish. And the lyrics / vocals... only Tom Waits could write songs like these.Published 20 months ago by Gerry Mullen
This is such a great seedy urban album full of city songs about whores, broken hearts and drinking, this whole album is great. Rather than his typical setting of underbelly L.A. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Timothy A. Van Huss
This is one of his best in my opinion. I also have the LP. Any true Tom Waits fan can't go wrong!!Published on March 11, 2013 by C. A. Bergman
If you are a Tom Waits fan, you should own this. If you are not a fan, you should be. Why doesn't he do "Downtown" live? Best lyrics he ever did.Published on January 26, 2013 by DougB