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Album artwork for Closing Time by Tom Waits

Remastered and reissued on Anti. Tom Waits' debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles, from the jazzy Virginia Avenue to the up-tempo funk of Ice Cream Man and from the acoustic guitar folkiness of I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You to the saloon song Midnight Lullaby, which would have been a perfect addition to the repertoires of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. Waits' entire musical approach is stylized, of course, and at times derivative - Lonely borrows a little too much from Randy Newman's I Think It's Going to Rain Today - and his lovelorn lyrics can be sentimental without being penetrating. But he also has a gift for gently rolling pop melodies, and he can come up with striking, original scenarios, as on the best songs, Ol' 55 and Martha, which Yester discreetly augments with strings. Closing Time announces the arrival of a talented songwriter whose self-conscious melancholy can be surprisingly moving.

LP - 180 Gram Vinyl with Download.

CD - Digipack.

Tom Waits

Closing Time

Anti
Album artwork for Album artwork for Closing Time by Tom Waits by Closing Time - Tom Waits
Album artwork for Closing Time by Tom Waits
LP

£21.99

180 Gram Vinyl

Black
Released 25/03/2022Catalogue Number

275651

Album artwork for Closing Time by Tom Waits
CD

£10.99

Digipack.

Released 23/03/2018Catalogue Number

275652

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Tom Waits

Closing Time

Anti
Album artwork for Album artwork for Closing Time by Tom Waits by Closing Time - Tom Waits
Album artwork for Closing Time by Tom Waits
LP

£21.99

180 Gram Vinyl

Black
Released 25/03/2022Catalogue Number

275651

Album artwork for Closing Time by Tom Waits
CD

£10.99

Digipack.

Released 23/03/2018Catalogue Number

275652

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Remastered and reissued on Anti. Tom Waits' debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles, from the jazzy Virginia Avenue to the up-tempo funk of Ice Cream Man and from the acoustic guitar folkiness of I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You to the saloon song Midnight Lullaby, which would have been a perfect addition to the repertoires of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. Waits' entire musical approach is stylized, of course, and at times derivative - Lonely borrows a little too much from Randy Newman's I Think It's Going to Rain Today - and his lovelorn lyrics can be sentimental without being penetrating. But he also has a gift for gently rolling pop melodies, and he can come up with striking, original scenarios, as on the best songs, Ol' 55 and Martha, which Yester discreetly augments with strings. Closing Time announces the arrival of a talented songwriter whose self-conscious melancholy can be surprisingly moving.

LP - 180 Gram Vinyl with Download.

CD - Digipack.