Closing Timeby Tom Waits
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… See more details below
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 stylized, 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.
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- Elektra / Wea
Performance CreditsTom Waits Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Vocals
Bill Plummer Bass
Shep Cooke Guitar,Vocals
Delbert Bennett Trumpet
Arni Egilsson Bass
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Peter Klimes Guitar
John Seiter Drums,Background Vocals
Tony Terran Trumpet
Technical CreditsRichard Moore Engineer
Jerry Yester Producer
Richie Moore Engineer
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I really enjoyed this album. I think the songs flowed well from one into another. The majority of albums you buy for a song, or you like for a song or two---Tom Waits' Closing Time is the real deal. It is good from start to finish. You'll want to listen to it over and over again.
I adore this album. It definitely has a solemn feel, but the songs are beautiful. "Little Trip to Heaven" is going to the song my fiance and I dance to at our wedding.
I am not a die-hard Waits fan, but I have most of his cds and this is my favorite. The lyrics are pure emotion- emotion that is rarely seen in modern music. (This is why Sarah MacLauglin covered 'Ol' 55,' the influence is easily seen.) The music is simple but haunting. I encourage you to listen to 'Ol'55' and then make your decision. You won't regret it.