Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1985 Ratings: #4 / 98
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Based on 730 ratings
1985 Ratings: #3
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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

JacksonLerner
87

there’s bass so low that it’s indistinguishable at points, and when paired with Tom Waits’ attacking voice, these songs make me feel like i’m actually being hit. it sounds like getting beat up in the back of a big, shady circus circa1984

matscomh
98

DOOM was wrong, the illest villain is actually Tom Waits

WhatTheFunk
NR

ARTIST BINGE #2 : TOM WAITS, PART. 8

- Mommy, look in the sky! Is that the blues? Is it the jazz?
- No, darling... It's SuperTom!

Because it is indeed a Tom Waits at his best that we are talking about this monday, a Tom Waits who got rid of his neuroto-psychotic impulses to give birth to an art form that is clearer than obscure, more pop than popular, more open-minded in short... Even if it remains frankly strange and will disconcert a good part of the audience, it is not the most ... read more

FantanoCopy
100

Tom Waits' seminal 1985 album Rain Dogs still stands as one of the most significant moments in his discography.

D4Chance
90

Randomly found this, and wow am I surprised about it.

This isn't a type of music I'd ever really sit down and like. I'm not usually a fan of blues rock or this style of vocals, but weirdly enough, it's good enough to drag me into it perfectly and get the feeling behind it.
Of course, this was my first listen. If there's a narrative present or a major central theme, I couldn't quite pick up on it. This rating may, and likely will improve upon a second, or maybe even third listen.

In the ... read more

100

This album is a haunting and so interesting

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Added on: September 24, 2012