Time - 8
This was Waits'
first album and oozes charm and beauty. I never
get tired of hearing some of these songs. Indeed
it is one of the most laid back albums that I
possess. Waits fuses jazz, soul and pop with
plenty of hints of the boozy, cigarette ridden
voice that emerges in later albums. This is my
favourite Waits album due to its accessibility.
It also has two of my favourite Waits' songs in
"Ol' 55" his paean to Americana and
the superb "Martha".
"Martha" is arguably the best song he
ever wrote with its lost opportunity angst,
haunting melody and wonderful lyrics. This song
was a few years ago murdered by Meatloaf but I
noticed that recently British and ex-Suede
guitarist Bernard Butler nominated this song as
the one he would like to have played at his
funeral. Elsewhere there are so many highs and
so few lows.