Small Change was a significant leap forward in Waits’ career, a varied batch of songs that balance humour and pathos and are full of character. It opens with the mournful classic Tom Traubert's Blues. Then there’s the burlesque romps Pasties and a G-String and Step Right Up, the painfully hilarious The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) and the Runyonesque noir of the title track.
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10/10 Jack Customer review, 26th January 2018
This is an album to cherish. He's fully into his character, it's the smokey piano lounge scene and it's in full bloom on this record. He takes us to his place deep in the heart of the city and we're never the same afterward. This album really covers quite a bit of ground in the Tom Waits spectrum, but it mostly focuses on his more melodic stuff, which is what he was doing a lot more of at that time. As a whole he really manages to take the listener through quite a bit with this one and I for one love it.
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