AOTY 2018

Rain Dogs

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
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Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 196 ratings
1985 Ratings: #2
September 30, 1985 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Tom Waits / Producer
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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.

Rolling Stone

With Rain Dogs, he dropped his bedraggled lounge-piano act and fused outsider influences -- socialist decadence by way of Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues, the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass -- into a singularly idiosyncratic American style

Tom is a living character. He doesn't even need to dedicate his life to his music, he is the music. Any time I want to feel like a dirty drifter who hasn't showered in weeks and lives off a liquid diet of whiskey, I throw this on. This album makes you want to be a scoundrel.
19. Bride of Rain Dog
18. Big Black Mariah
17. Clap Hands
16. Cemetery Polka
15. Midtown
14. 9th & Hennepin
13. Diamonds & Gold
12. Walking Spanish
11. Singapore
10. Gun Street Girl
9. Tango Till They're Sore
8. Rain Dogs
7. Anywhere I Lay My Head
6. Union Square
5. Blind Love
4. Time
3. Downtown Train
2. Jockey Full of Bourbon
1. Hang Down Your Head
Waits sounds like a barkin' carny, booze-stinkin', 'cross the street to avoid' oddbaw.

I'm guessing it's deliberate.
Un álbum brillante. Las canciones, con sus letras e instrumentos, producen una sensación de caos y anarquía que acompañarán la discografía de Tom Waits durante los '90 y los '00.
Dope album. Few tracks I like a lot, some are lackluster.
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Track List

  1. Singapore 
  2. Clap Hands 
  3. Cemetery Polka 
  4. Jockey Full Of Bourbon 
  5. Tango Till They're Sore 
  6. Big Black Mariah 
  7. Diamonds And Gold 
  8. Hang Down Your Head 
  9. Time 
  10. Rain Dogs
  11. Midtown 
  12. 9th & Hennepin 
  13. Gun Street Girl 
  14. Union Square 
  15. Blind Love 
  16. Walking Spanish 
  17. Downtown Train 
  18. Bride Of Rain Dog 
  19. Anywhere I Lay My Head
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Added on: September 24, 2012