The second Tom Waits album is still in relatively earnest singer-songwriter territory, but with an extra injection of jazz into the mix. It’s the work of an artist still trying to define his identity, but coming out with plenty of impressive songs in the meantime. Diamonds On My Windshield wears the beatnik influence on its dashboard, while you can imagine Bruce Springsteen taking notes on the title track.
Vinyl LP £16.78 275661
Remastered 180g vinyl reissue LP on Anti, housed in a gatefold sleeve.
CD £12.49 275662
Remastered digipak CD on Anti.
8/10 Jack 26th January 2018
The Heart of Saturday Night by Tom Waits is among the best albums released from the 1970s. Tom was still in his crooner stage for this release, similar to his prior album Closing Time; years later, he would morph into a different kind of artist. This release has eleven unique tracks that would be the perfect soundtrack to a gentle evening with a drink. Later Waits releases would be the soundtrack to a wild evening with numerous drinks. This album has standout songs like New Coat of Paint, as well as Shiver Me Timbers, and Diamonds on my Windshield.
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