Rain Dogs

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
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Based on 2 reviews
1985 Ratings: #2 / 77
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Based on 238 ratings
1985 Ratings: #2
September 30, 1985 / Release Date
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100
AllMusic

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.

100
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

MarkCooper
96
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.
Toasterqueen12
100
Thinking about it now, this album contains everything I believe makes a "perfect album." Versatility, Personality, Emotion, and Memorability. That's everything I base my ratings on, and damn this album has it all.

Versatility: The album goes from Polka to Tango to a slow ballad in a snap.

Personality: It's Tom Waits, listen to that voice and tell me it isn't unique.

Emotion: Time is the most obviously "emotional" song here, but even the sad strings on the opening of Rain ... read more
matscomh
98
DOOM was wrong, the illest villain is actually Tom Waits
Doofy
96
Waits sounds like a barkin' carny, booze-stinkin', 'cross the street to avoid' oddbaw.

I'm guessing it's deliberate.
WhatTheFunk
100
In 1985, Tom Waits released "Rain Dogs". The album is unclassifiable: it is both jazzy and rock. This album offers us 19 short titles assembled strangely. I'm a big fan of Tom Waits: his music is weird but really interesting. His voice is extremely special and creates a reel universe around his music. This album is a real musical experience to live at least once in this life. The guitarist Keith Richards is present on some songs of the album. "Rain Dogs" is one of my ... read more
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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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