Over the next few years, he would tour elaborate productions that occasionally incorporated fake snow and stage props. Now that he had established his particular sound, Waits set about exploring it thoroughly over the next three albums, making slight adjustments and tinkering with various sounds and styles.
The tracks are austere, usually just Waits and a piano. Waits always borrowed heavily from Hollywood, not only its grandiose soundtracks but also its neglected glamour and noir tableaux. The song, like the musical, began onstage but was soon translated to the big screen, which parallels the trajectory Waits himself was taking. It must have seemed like an odd cover choice at the time, and Waits gives an odd performance by rounding his vowels and flattening the ends of his words into hisses and moans.
If women have stayed at the margins of his world, usually playing strippers and molls and closing-time hook-ups and more generally serving as fuel for his very masculine sentimentality, here Waits gives a woman a starring role and manages to create a deeply complex and contradictory character. And certainly there are clear signposts pointing the directions he would head in the new decade.
But in the context of this reissue series, Heartattack and Vine sounds less like a transition and more like a goodbye to those back alleys and underbellies, those barrooms and speakeasies that he once inhabited so easily. Waits himself is missing from the milieu, as though he has fled the scene already. Bon voyage, as well, to the grizzled persona he inhabited throughout the s.
No longer a cult figure, he had become what you could reasonably call successful, the music industry bending to him rather than him accommodating its demands. Tom Waits. One from the Heart Night on Earth. Glitter and Doom Tour. The Black Rider Woyzeck.
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