|Tom Waits Ranked|
All I've listened to the past two days has been Tom Waits, and it's high rtime I publicly declare rmy favorites of his.
My absolute favorite collection of Wait's songs. A perfect introduction to man's
softer side; this is a must have, for both the biggest Waits fans to the semi-kinda-
It's his most well known album for a reason. Some of the best experimental
instrumentation in the history of modern music, and the songwriting is just
unbeatable. This is probably the best place to start for any Waits virgins.
The Heart Of Saturday Night
Another album that is much subtler than his later work, especially in terms of
vocals. Drunk On The Moon is still one of my absolute favorite Tom Waits songs.
The first album to see Waits really change his sound and be more experimental.
Not quite as refined as Rain Dogs, but an incredible album nonetheless.
It's rare that a record is released 26 years after an artist's debut and is still
among his best work. A softer Waits album, but the songwriting on Mule
Variations is stellar. What else would you expect from him?
Another of Tom's 90's releases. It's a record that plays with a lot of different
elements that Tom used throughout his career.
Franks Wild Years
Probably one of the darkest, strangest of his albums. Not recommended to people
who aren't familiar with Waits.
Nighthawks At The Diner
Nighthawks At The Diner is another album reserved solely for the mega fans.
Tom's first Live release, it's filled with humor and chit chat as well as fantastic
music. To quote the opening track,
"I'm so goddamn horny, the crack of dawn better be careful around me."
Some more early Waits, not as good as The Heart of Saturday Night or Closing
Time but definitely still worth the listen.
Bad As Me
I was pleasantly surprised when I heard Bad As Me. It's clearly not Waits' best
work, but for him to be able to release one of the better albums of 2011 38 years
after his first album is quite a feat.
Another of Tom's more recent releases. It has some fantastic songs on it, don't
get me wrong, but to me it's just not at the same calibre as some of the his
Not Tom's worst album by a long shot, but it's still a bit much for my taste. The
cover of West Side Story's Somewhere always seemed unnecessary. Still has
some great stuff on it though. If anything, Tom Waits is one of those rare artists
that hasn't really released anything absolutely awful. All his stuff is redeemable in
some way, and that's partially why he's always been a favorite of mine.