"Hold On" is one of the best songs ever written. There, I said it. Although I find it insanely difficult and mentally taxing to try to pick a favorite Tom Waits album, this would be in the top 16 for sure. (Yes, the joke is that there are 16 Tom Waits albums.)
It took me a stupid amount of time to "get into" Tom Waits (i.e. most of college and grad school). However, this album hooked me. "Hold On" and "Come On Up to the House" are burned in my brain in the best way.
Tom Waits's 12th album, released in 1998. It was his first album since "The Black Rider,' making for one of the longest gaps in his career. After that excursion into theatrical music, this is a return to his rusty can, nail stirring brandy, junkyard blues. And it may be his bluesiest album, although he's always had approached the genre from his own peculiar, skewed angle. At 70 minutes, it runs a bit long, but it's prime Waits. Followed by "Blood Money."
"What's He Building" is my favorite track on this album. Good variety of Waits' musings and a nice introduction to the artist.
Great introduction to Waits' music as it covers a lot of the different elements of his style, from spoken word to Avant-garde blues and ballads. Not his very best but definitely very good.
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