Rain Dogs (album) by Tom Waits

Rain Dogs
Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
Year: 1985
Overall rank: 106th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,138 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1985 (2nd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (14th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (106th)

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Rain Dogs is ranked as the best album by Tom Waits.

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Rating: 88 (243 votes)Comments: 2
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Rating: 81 (160 votes)Comments: 1
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Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,138 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 83.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 84.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.0.

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90/100
From 06/17/2020 00:44
Wonderfully weird with some really strong songwriting. Tom Waits’s poetry really fits his gruff voice. Definitely better than Swordfishtrombones.
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From 12/31/2019 10:36
Excellent.
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90/100
From 06/25/2019 12:05
This was an awesome album. A bunch of filler as well, but scattered well enough that it doesn't drag the album down.

Favorites: Big Black Mariah, Union Square
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Rating:  
85/100
From 05/22/2019 16:50
Highlights:

Clap Hands
Anywhere I Lay My Head
Downtown Train
Union Square
Jockey Full Of Bourbon
Singapore
Rain Dogs
Hang Down Your Head
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100/100
From 04/21/2019 01:25
A timeless triumph in the musical world as a whole, standing as an incredibly poetic, creative and original collection of songs that each possess their own ability to grasp you in a wave of different emotions. When you feel it, you really feel it.
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From 02/20/2019 20:33
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 favorite albums of the 80s, it is really excellent and creative.

10/10

Best track: "Time"
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Rating:  
95/100
From 01/21/2019 04:12

1. Anywhere I Lay My Head
2. Tango Till They’re Sore
3. Time
4. Hang Down Your Head
5. Rain Dogs
6. Downtown Train
7. Cemetery Polka
8. Singapore
9. Jockey Full of Bourbon
10. Big Black Mariah
11. Clap Hands
12. Gun Street Girl
13. Blind Love
14. Walking Spanish
15. Union Square
16. Diamonds & Gold
17. Bride of Rain Dog
18. 9th & Hennepin
19. Midtown

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70/100
From 11/20/2018 14:38
His voice is very special and unique, but do not (yet) get the special vibe of this album...
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75/100
From 07/06/2018 06:52
Probably the most frustrating album that Tom has done. I love tracks like Jockey Full Of Bourbon and Downtown Train. They are up there amongst his best. Tracks like Cemetery polka leave me cold. A mixed bag but still enough to make it a decent album.
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From 06/20/2018 02:32
I can understand the appeal here, and can understand it as brilliant songwriting, but frankly I find it annoying to listen to.
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