Rain Dogs
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
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Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 163 ratings
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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

Oct 3, 2016
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.
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 22, 2017
Literally 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 transported to a dirty town.
Mar 12, 2017
I enjoyed my first listen through, and I think that my liking will only continue to increase as I continue to listen. It's so unique and iconic that I really can't relate it to any other album I can think of.
Aug 15, 2016
At times dark and gritty and at times melodic and beautiful, Rain Dogs highlighted Waits' golden era, with some of his absolute best compositions. The disgusting side of his persona is often found fighting with his more reserved and reflexive facet, producing moments of both beauty and ugliness, and justifying the album's massive lenght, which doesn't get stale for not even a moment. One of his most diverse and sonically rich efforts to date (and one of his best).
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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