Tom Waits – Franks Wild Years (1987)
Island Records | 1987 | Rock Jazz Blues | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 315Mb+16Mb
Possibly Waits' most unusual work. It is a very strange mix of polka, rhumba, jazz, folk, blues, rockabilly, lounge, etc. It's pretty much impossible to describe this album in words, it needs to be listened to to be understood (if understood at all). It is highly experimental. His orchestration is fiercely imagined and masterfully presented. It is one of those albums so rich, vivid, bizarre, and beautiful that you realize you were just in the hands of a genius when it finishes playing. In my opinion it is probably the quintessential Waits album, because it shows so much of his range, perfectly capturing the humor, tragedy, poetry, and charm of his music. It should also be noted that I believe this to be, next to Alice, his darkest album. There's a very creepy and brooding tone throughout.