Mule Variations

Tom Waits - Mule Variations
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Based on 6 reviews
1999 Ratings: #43 / 98
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Based on 63 ratings
1999 Ratings: #21
April 16, 1999 / Release Date
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amygoodall
76
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DalekTurret32
100
Mule Variations is packed with dark, melancholy feelings, as well as some great uses of storytelling from Tom Waits. What's He Building details a sense of paranoia, House Where Nobody Lives shows the negative effects heartbreak and neglect can have on the status quo of our land and Take it With Me is a heartfelt song showing the memories you carry in your head after you fade away from existence.

Big in Japan [96]
Lowside of the Road [93]
Hold On [101]
Get Behind the Mule [117]
House Where ... read more
MasterCrackfox
73
There are two distinct sides to this album, from my perspective. There is the toned down easy listening version of Waitts that is his common sound, and then there is the wild and pent up Waitts. His voice is far more suited to the latter, in which his gravely tone creates an almost horror-like vibe on many tracks. This same unique voice doesn't stick as well for me on piano-based or acoustic tracks, in which his vocal styling sticks out like a sore thumb. Had this album played with the sound ... read more
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Track List

  1. Big In Japan 
  2. Lowside Of The Road 
  3. Hold On 
  4. Get Behind The Mule 
  5. House Where Nobody Lives 
  6. Cold Water 
  7. Pony 
  8. What's He Building? 
  9. Black Market Baby 
  10. Eyeball Kid 
  11. Picture In A Frame 
  12. Chocolate Jesus 
  13. Georgia Lee 
  14. Filipino Box Spring Hog
  15. Take It With Me
  16. Come On Up To The House
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