Swordfishtrombones

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
User Score
Based on 102 ratings
1983 Ratings: #2
September 1, 1983 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
Rock / Genres
Suggest a Genre
Add
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
www.tomwaits.com / Website
Tags
Your Review
Sign In to rate and review
siberianbreaks
88
A grotesque transformation from smoky, down-in-the-dumps, bar blues to schizophrenic beat poetry and unconventional, cabaret theatrics - to this day, a style that is still nearly impossible to outdo, let alone recreate.

The best choice for a starting point to get into probably the most imaginative singer/songwriter there is. I don't think Waits has ever created a full piece that balances the sounds of his early, crooner era and his freakish, Beefheart-influenced era as well as this, so I can ... read more
ricardomcr
85
When first listening to this album, I kept playing this scenario in my head: some alcoholic, pickup truck driving, miniature-ship-stuck-in-a-bottle-obsessed-collector uncle, who's been refurbishing and wearing the same leather boots for 15 years now, just showed up for his annual Christmas visit. He's forcing me to go with him to some underground bar in the docks where we're meeting all his friends from work and he's finally going to explain how he lost his ear in 1998. Except there are no ... read more
100
One of the most entrancing, dark and well-written singer-songwriter records period. This was a huge turning point in Waits' career, going head first into a strange demented world filled with odd characters and unorthodox instrumentation. Whilst I don't see this being for everyone, it's a must try for anyone looking to get lost in a unique record.
CheapandLethal
90
Superb
Purchasing Swordfishtrombones from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?

Track List

  1. Underground
  2. Shore Leave
  3. Dave the Butcher
  4. Johnsburg, Illinois
  5. 16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought-Six
  6. Town With No Cheer
  7. In the Neighborhood
  8. Just Another Sucker on the Vine
  9. Frank's Wild Years
  10. Swordfishtrombone
  11. Down, Down, Down
  12. Soldier's Things
  13. Gin Soaked Boy
  14. Trouble's Braids
  15. Rainbirds
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.
In Library (15)
predatorsaf
DumDumBoy
person113
BallisticChimp
Matthaeuss
DrGonzo86
Engin
10lawrencej
pinio985
MikkoS


Added on: February 28, 2013