Tom Waits - Closing Time
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Release date: 12 October 1990
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- I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With..
- Virginia Avenue
- Midnight Lulaby
- Little Trip to Heaven
- Closing Time
- Tom Traubers Blues
- Step Right Up
- Jitterbug Boy
- I Wish I Was in New Orleans
- The Piano Has Been Drinking
- Invitation to the Blues
- Blue Valentine
It's not up there with the best
- Oct 28, 2011
...a cacophonous, fearsome and shadowy delight...
- May 14, 2002
...mugging it up like Oscar from 'Sesame Street'...
- May 14, 2002
Waits played his first gig in five years in October 2013 as part of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit
He played a 10 song set as part of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit concert in California
The legendary singer hasn't performed a live show since 2008
Tom Waits - Closing Time: Wikipedia Album Entry
Tom Waits' debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles, from the jazzy "Virginia Avenue" to the up-tempo funk of "Ice Cream Man" and from the acoustic guitar folkiness of "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You" to the saloon song "Midnight Lullaby," which would have been a perfect addition to the repertoires of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. Waits' entire musical approach is stylized, of course, and at times derivative — "Lonely" borrows a little too much from Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" — and his lovelorn lyrics can be sentimental without being penetrating. But he also has a gift for gently rolling pop melodies, and he can come up with striking, original scenarios, as on the best songs, "Ol' 55" and "Martha," which Yester discreetly augments with strings. Closing Time announces the arrival of a talented songwriter whose self-conscious melancholy can be surprisingly moving.
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