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Mule Variations - Tom Waits

Mule Variations - Tom Waits

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Published by Greg Baker
Review of the Tom Waits Album
Review of the Tom Waits Album

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Published by: Greg Baker on Sep 25, 2010
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Greg Baker 10 – 5 – 2005Tom Waits – Mule VariationsTom Waits, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, serial liar andshowman extraordinaire provides us with another insight into his unique world withthe release of Mule Variations.Listening to any album by Tom Waits is a bit like falling into a surreal landscape builtof cigarettes, whisky and song. Mule Variations is no exception, from the outset itassaults you with a barrage of blistering metallic bass combined with Waits’ cracked,distorted, nicotine-scarred voiceThis onslaught isn’t without respite; for all the metallic fury of its outset, the albumyour ears a moment’s succour here and there. Lowside of the Road is far more relaxedand spatial, echoes of freeways winding through the desert, just the obscure carnivalthat are Waits’ characters reminding you that you are not in Kansas anymore.As the journey continues, Waits’ introduces more and more vivid and bizarrecharacters into his spectacularly warped dreamscape America. A thoroughly mixtureof drunks and itinerants, each touchingly crafted, superbly observed, and genuinelyromantic, each accompanied with music that varies from being so bone dry it cracks,to rich warm and luxurious setting them in a landscape that brings each one to life. Not everything in Mule Variations is so western or even bizarre; In House Where Nobody Lives he manages to concoct a broken-down blues ballad to an old, deserted,

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