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Foreign Affairs (album) by Tom Waits 

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Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs by Tom Waits (1977)
Overall rank: 10,582nd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
72/100 (from 75 votes)
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Accolades: Top albums of 1977 (151st)
Top albums of the 1970s (1,594th)
Best albums of all time (10,582nd)

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Tom Waits bestography

Foreign Affairs is ranked 20th best out of 28 albums by Tom Waits on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Tom Waits is Rain Dogs which is ranked number 107 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,541.

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Average Rating: 
72/100 (from 75 votes)
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From Valmadre95 08/19/2017 06:06
Poorly rated overall but my favourite perhaps as it was my introduction to Tom.
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From Michael1981 07/17/2017 12:53
The only Waits album I tried and cant really get into. Not bad but I think he's done much better.
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From garycottier 04/16/2016 14:45
Foreign affairs, is Tom Waits' film noir album. It's full of monochrome images of gangsters, loose women, and illicit goings on, it's a very cinematic experience. The record starts off with the instrumental, Cinny's waltz, sets the scene perfectly, this isn't a modern day record, it's old fashioned, it's jazzy, it's dark and smoky. There's all sorts of characters here, the usual down and outs, hustlers and a whole host of others, including the bartender which Waits plays against Bette Midler's singleton out for a quiet drink on, I never talk to strangers. It's beautiful. Potter's field, is the most movie-esque here, with, Burma shave, not far behind. Potter's field, though, can be a challenging listen. Elsewhere on the album is the lovely, a sight for sore eyes, and the excellent, Muriel. There's a couple of ok tracks, the medley on side one(or track 4), and, barber shop, but Waits saves the best for last, foreign affair, is one his greatest compositions, it's beautiful, lyrically stunning, and in my opinion, in the top ten Waits songs ever. The album is not perfect, but it is the most atmospheric of his seventies records, just not the best.
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From Bork 06/11/2013 02:33
The duet with Bette Midler is stellar, as is A Sight for Sore Eyes.
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