Brawlers presents probably the best-known of Tom Waits' personalities, filled as it is with vocal cord damage, found percussion, old-timey arrangements, and cartoon-buzz lead guitar. It's also the disc that flirts most dangerously with clich , filled as it is with his well-trod inventory of Americana underbelly images: trains, jailhouses, barrooms, etc. However, the secret of Waits' act is how well he deploys these should-be-tired cultural touchstones; at the very least, he sounds more comfortable in the role of a boxcar-hopper than he does reciting the ripped-from-the-headlines Middle East folk song "Road to Peace". Certainly it helps that he continues to buck the aging rocker career trend of increasing cleanliness, wrapping these songs in dirt-grit production that keeps the Big Bopper warble of "Lie to Me" or the garage 12-bar Ramones cover "The Return of Jackie and Judy" from sounding like a House of Blues exhibit.
|Side 1 : Lie To Me (Remastered)|
|Side 2 : Bottom Of The World (Remastered)|
|Side 3 : Puttin' On The Dog (Remastered)|
|Side 4 : The Return Of Jackie And Judy (Remastered)|
Vinyl release of Tom Waits - Brawlers (2lp/ Black Vinyl). Released through EPITAPH and available on LP.
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Cat No: E8755011
Packaging: LP Regular
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