December 5, 2010

A Party In His Head

In 1983, Tom Waits released an album that started the largest progressive movement of his career. Formally known for jazzy and orchestral albums, Swordfishtrombones was the first album where Waits had total control. He was able to make as many weird percussion noises and growls he wanted. Now, the eponymous track on the album is in a league of it’s own. There is something so cinematic about the xylophone melody and under Waits’ raspy storytelling. In this case, it’s a story about a man returning from war and having a fairly difficult time re-adjusting. Waits, in the last few lines says that there really isn’t a bigger story than this one. So see if it lives up to that.

"Swordfishtrombones" from Swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits 

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