Waits, Tom: Closing Time (Vinyl LP)

Waits, Tom: Closing Time (Vinyl LP)

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Tom Waits' debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles, from the jazzy Virginia Avenue to the up-tempo funk of 'Ice Cream Man' and from the acoustic guitar folkiness of 'I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You' to the saloon song 'Midnight Lullaby', which would have been a perfect addition to the repertoires of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett.

Waits' entire musical approach is stylised, of course, and at times derivative - 'Lonely' borrows a little too much from Randy Newman's 'I Think It's Going to Rain Today' - and his lovelorn lyrics can be sentimental without being penetrating. But he also has a gift for gently rolling pop melodies, and he can come up with striking, original scenarios, as on the best songs, 'Ol' 55' and 'Martha', which Yester discreetly augments with strings. Closing Time announces the arrival of a talented songwriter whose self-conscious melancholy can be surprisingly moving.

2018 remastered reissue.
  1. Ol' '55
  2. I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You
  3. Virginia Avenue
  4. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)
  5. Midnight Lullaby
  6. Martha
  7. Rosie
  8. Lonely
  9. Ice Cream Man
  10. Little Trip to Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love)
  11. Grapefruit Moon
  12. Closing Time

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