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Brawlers

1LP
$28.98
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.
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Track List

Lie to Me (Remastered) , Lowdown (Remastered) , 2:19 (Remastered) , Fish in the Jailhouse (Remastered) , Bottom of the World (Remastered) , Lucinda (Remastered) , Ain't Goin' Down to the Well (Remastered) , Lord I've Been Changed (Remastered) , Puttin' on the Dog (Remastered) , Road to Peace (Remastered) 1 All the Time (Remastered) 1, The Return of Jackie and Judy (Remastered) 1, Walk Away (Remastered) 1, Sea of Love (Remastered) 1, Buzz Fledderjohn (Remastered) 1, Rains on Me (Remastered)

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