Rain Dogs (album) by Tom Waits
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Rain Dogs is ranked as the best album by Tom Waits.
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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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Wonderfully weird with some really strong songwriting. Tom Waits’s poetry really fits his gruff voice. Definitely better than Swordfishtrombones.
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
Anywhere I Lay My Head
Jockey Full Of Bourbon
Hang Down Your Head
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.
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.
Best track: "Time"
1. Anywhere I Lay My Head
2. Tango Till They’re Sore
4. Hang Down Your Head
5. Rain Dogs
6. Downtown Train
7. Cemetery Polka
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
His voice is very special and unique, but do not (yet) get the special vibe of this album...
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.
I can understand the appeal here, and can understand it as brilliant songwriting, but frankly I find it annoying to listen to.