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With its jarring rhythms and unusual instrumentation — marimba, accordion, various percussion — as well as its frequently surreal lyrics, Rain Dogs is very much a follow-up to Swordfishtrombones, which is to say that it sounds for the most part like The Threepenny Opera being sung by Howlin' Wolf. The chief musical difference is the introduction of guitarist Marc Ribot, who adds his noisy leads to the general cacophony. But Rain Dogs is sprawling where its predecessor had been focused: Tom Waits' lyrics here sometimes are imaginative to the point of obscurity, seemingly chosen to fit the rhythms rather than for sense. In the course of 19 tracks and 54 minutes, Waits sometimes goes back to the more conventional music of his earlier records, which seems like a retreat, though such tracks as the catchy "Hang Down Your Head," "Time," and especially "Downtown Train" (frequently covered and finally turned into a Top Ten hit by Rod Stewart five years later) provide some relief as well as variety. Rain Dogs can't surprise as Swordfishtrombones had, and in his attempt to continue in the direction suggested by that album, Waits occasionally borders on the chaotic (which may only be to say that, like most of his records, this one is uneven). But much of the music matches the earlier album, and there is so much of it that that is enough to qualify Rain Dogs as one of Waits' better albums.

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Like A Movie In Your Mind

Tom Waits has a voice like no other you've heard: impossibly deep, cigarette raspy, downright scary. Combine that with his visual, poetic lyrics and eccentric music, and the combination can be startling. It all comes together on "Rain Dogs" where you'll feel like you've been transpored to a dirty, rundown seaside town filled with drunks, hookers and never do'wells. The imagery is so powerful on this album - a perfect combination of Waits' poetic lyrics as well as his wide-ranging instrumentation - that it plays out like a movie in your mind. If you're brave enough to venture off the beaten rock/pop track, or you're new to Tom Waits, this is a great album to start with.

Best record, second half

You can divide Tom Waits' career into two periods, the first record of the second period being "Swordfishtrombones," which came out just before "Rain Dogs." I have to admit that the earlier stuff, which relied more on traditional instrumentation, vocalization and melody, is what comes off my shelves more often than the later stuff. But for the later period, this is by far the best record. Like the best Waits music, it ranges from utterly twisted and bizarre ("Singapore") to simple and touching ("Blind Love"). If you have an adventurous spirit and a soft heart, you can't go wrong with "Rain Dogs."

A Masterpiece

In my view, this ranks with the best rock and roll records ever made, and certainly stands as Waits' best. Everything works here - on every level, and it really has to be heard to be's that good. This record's influence is wide, but don't take my word for it -- a number of its songs have been covered by a variety of artists. For fun, check out T-Bone Burnett's cover of "Time", Los Lobos' take on "Jockey Full of Bourbon", and Tom Russell's version of "Downtown Train", available on iTunes. One listen to Waits' own version of "Downtown Train" should forever cure you of any desire to hear Rod Stewart's lifeless remake!


Nacido(a): 07 de diciembre de 1949 en Pomona, CA

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

En los 70, el nativo del sur de California Tom Waits combinó un enfoque lírico en personajes desesperados, obscenos, de los bajos fondos, con una personalidad que parecía encarnar el mismo estilo de vida, y cantó sobre ello con una voz áspera y ronca. A partir de los 80, su trabajo se convirtió progresivamente en teatral a medida que se introdujo en la actuación y la composición (la mayor parte de esto último deriva de la colaboración con su esposa Kathleen Brennan, que aparecería en numerosas obras...
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