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#335:The Heart of Saturday Night by Tom Waits

7.11.2011


The Heart of Saturday Night by Tom Waits (1974)

Favorite Track(s): "New Coat of Paint" and "San Diego Serenade" and "The Heart of Saturday Night" and "Please Call Me, Baby"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Oh hey, Tom Waits is back. I've missed him so much. Can you hear the excitement in my voice? It's off the charts.

Let's get real, internet. It's a Monday afternoon, I got about 5 hours of sleep last night, and I wish I was at my pool right now. That's right, my condo building has a pool. And I want to hear something soothing and melancholy but beautiful. Tom Waits, you're album cover is based off of The Wee Small Hours of the Morning by Frank Sinatra, so I have high hopes.

(Post-Listening) Ok, now I see what the big fuss is about Tom Waits. This album was exceptional in mood, lyrics, and musicality. I looked it up, and both Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits' debut albums were released in 1973, so we can't say if one stole from the other, but if they've ever sounded alike, it's here. Of course Waits' album is less rock and its his singing style on certain tracks and lyrics that remind of the Boss more than anything. Some of the songs ("New Coat of Paint", "Fumblin' With the Blues") were jazzier than others, and guess who I was reminded of in those?



Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: I didn't think I'd say it, but maybe. MAYBE.

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