Tom Waits

Tom Waits album "Used Songs" is a blast from the past, which includes sixteen tracks from the 1970's. His raspy voice is distinct and he has various personas such as the jazzman, the rocker, the storyteller and the poet. Chosen topics that served as inspiration are cars, girls, dancing, marriage, perfume etc… "Heart Attack and Vine" sounds like a typical song o­ne would hear in a smokey Blues nightclub. The following tune "Eggs and Sausage" has a jazz feel to it. So does "Whistlin' Past The Graveyard." Tom's voice becomes more gentle in "Burma Shave." "Step Right Up" is another jazz track with a quick lyrical style. Hollywood actress and singer Bette Midler (also known as the Divine Mrs. M.) joins Tom for a lovely duet that stands out as o­ne of the best songs o­n this album. Country music fans will like "Looking for The Heart of Saturday Night" since Tom's singing and the music arrangements give it that sound. The other tracks stay o­n the same wavelength. 

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