Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones



Tom Waits, according to the esteemed American critic Robert Hilburn, is „clearly one of the most important figures of the modern pop era“.

Swordfishtrombones is a collection of raps & recitals, bluesy & jazzy excursions, diner torch songs and instrumentals with spare backing plus one lavishly backed melodious ballad in the style of Jersey Girl on Heartattack and Vine. Underground is a brooding recital while 16 Shells From A 30-6 is a type of emphatic spoken blues in a voice more gravelly than normal. Examples of other talking styles include Frank’s Wild Years where Hammond organ and acoustic bass provide edgy backing; the percussive title track where the vocal hovers between talking & singing, and the jittery Trouble’s Braids on which Waits’s semi-whispered vocal is backed by African talking & Parade bass drums plus acoustic bass.

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