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Tom Waits Closing Time is an Incredible Album
on January 8, 2014
I admit that I was not exposed to the true Tom Waits in the past. He is a great writer and a fine musician. "Closing Time" It is a mixture of many different styles of his music. This was Tom's first album (to the best of my knowledge). I believe this was as good as anything he ever compiled since.
Starting the album out with "Ol' 55" (a classic, covered by the Eagles), Waits sets the mood for the music that follows. He does some of his most beautiful, sad tunes. "Martha", "I Hope that I Don't Fall In Love With You", and "Rosie" -- in all of these songs, the lyrics tell a story of regret for relationships that slipped away in his past. "Old Shoes" is a country classic. "Ice Cream Man" stands out as an uptempo but simple song with excellent guitar work. "Grapefruit Moon" is a mournful ballad, beautiful strings and engaging melody, and it is my favorite track on the album.
Tom's voice is unique, his writing thought-provoking. I wouldn't call this album 'uplifting', but I would say the quality of the music and writing is amazing, and these are very deep personal experiences he conveys. Tom Waits is a significant and unique talent in American music. Don't miss him.