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Waits A Minute...

Shut up, I know I already basically made this list two months ago. But I rdidn't put a pun in the title that time, nor did I have sufficient rknowledge of the Tom Waits canon to really make an educated rjudgement. So, here we go again, they say second time's the charm rright? List of the ten best Tom Waits albums. Also, read my review of rSwordfishtrombones, it's great.
1Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones


As much as I love the mushy-gushy Closing Time that topped my last Tom Waits list, there is just something so undeniably powerful about Swordfishtrombones. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have heard this for the first time in 1983. This is a record that, not only served as the start to Tom Waits' reinvention, but ultimately changed the face of experimental music. There's absolutely nothing like it. Oh, also, read my review of this album. http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/5970/Tom-Waits-Swordfishtrombones/ Thanks munchkins.
2Tom Waits
Closing Time


This album is still pretty high up there for me, although this most likely has something to do with nostalgic value. The last track kills me every time I hear it - absolutely stunning. That's a song that could make a deaf man cry.
3Tom Waits
Mule Variations


You know what, number three was the hardest. Just because it's at the threshold of the 'Top 3' and the 'Rest' of them. But ultimately, it had to be Mule Variations. The fact that Tom Waits was able to record an album nearly 20 years after his first and still have something original to bring to music is incredible. It's also Tom's return to a much softer sound, which is always nice.
4Tom Waits
The Heart Of Saturday Night


This seems to be a record that has Waits fans split right down the middle. And at the risk of starting a war, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is one of Tom Waits' best. It's an album that oozes with mood, which is something that is often hard to pull of successfully. And the title trick is still one of my favorite Waits songs.
5Tom Waits
Rain Dogs


What the fuck do you want me to say? It's Rain Dogs. It's great. Not incredible though, although it's often cited as being Tom's masterpiece. Either way, if this is the album that gets you into Tom Waits, all that really matters is the fact that you're now into Tom Waits. So, congratulations, the next three months of your life will most likely be spent exploring the extensive discography of your new favorite musician.
6Tom Waits
Bone Machine


The third in what could perhaps be considered a trilogy of Tom's percussive experimentation days, Bone Machine is anther album that gets slightly overrated. Still worth the listen though.
7Tom Waits
Small Change


Tom Traubert's Blues will forever be the saddest song ever written in my eyes. The reason that this album is rated so low is simply because it doesn't really live up to its opener. There are some great tracks that come later on, but when you start with something like Tom Traubert's Blues, you're just setting yourself up for defeat.
8Tom Waits
Bad As Me


Tom Waits is back and as feisty as ever! The fact that this was recorded in a studio with a 62 year old man is beyond me. Hopefully this isn't the end of Tom Waits, I feel like he's got at least another 3-4 good records in him. Keep 'em coming.
9Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner


I know this is probably rather biased, but I still think that this is one of the best live albums ever. This is a record you listen to on a Saturday Night when you're too sick to go see a show with your mates, because it lets you bring the concert to your living room.
10Tom Waits
Heartattack and Vine


I've pretty much exhausted my descriptive vocabulary, so I'm not even going to try to describe this release. Just listen to it, it's good.
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