Mule Variations

Tom Waits

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  • Genre: Rock And Pop
  • Label: Anti
  • Released Date: 11th December 2017
  • Buying Format:
    180g 2LP Includes Download Code
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Since 1993’s BLACK RIDER album consisted of music written by Waits and William Burroughs to accompany a Robert Wilson play, hard-liners consider ’92’s BONE MACHINE to be the last “official” Waits album before the seven-year wait that ended with the release of MULE VARIATIONS. Unsurprisingly, Waits lives up to the expectations engendered by that lengthy wait. In fact, there are more stylistic threads connecting MULE VARIATIONS to BONE MACHINE than to BLACK RIDER. The chugging rock drive of the opener “Big in Japan” (featuring Primus) recalls “Goin’ Out West”. “What’s He Building?” is a wonderfully devilish spoken word piece a la Ken Nordine (one of Waits’ heroes) much akin to BONE MACHINE’s “The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me Today”. Waits also continues BONE MACHINE’s exploration/deconstruction of traditional blues and gospel, making for some of MULE VARIATIONS strongest tracks (the bluesy “Get Behind the Mule” and “Chocolate Jesus”). Ultimately, with a few exceptions, this is Waits’ most low-key, ballad-heavy album in some time, and he’s at his simplest and most affecting on tunes like “Take It With Me”, which represent an unprecedented level of emotional nakedness in his writing.

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Track Listings

1. Big In Japan
2. Lowside Of The Road
3. Hold On
4. Get Behind The Mule
5. House Where Nobody Lives
6. Cold Water
7. Pony
8. What's He Building
9. Black Market Baby
10. Eyeball Kid
11. Picture In A Frame
12. Chocolate Jesus
13. Georgia Lee
14. Fillipino Box Spring Hog
15. Take It With Me
16. Come On Up To The House

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