They all become Italian dreams

It’s going to pain Dylan to hear this, but the more I listen to tracks from Scarlett Johansson’s album of Tom Waits covers, the more I’m convinced that it’s going to suck. Not just be “eh,” but actually be genuinely awful. Which, when you’ve got a discography like Waits’s to work off of, is pretty unbelievable.

So if you’re looking for new Waits-related musical projects, I’d say look elsewhere. Like, for example to the new Atmosphere album, which apparently has Waits beatboxing on it. What? Yes! Cool.

Or, conversely, just go back and dig through his catalog, because unless you’re a terrifyingly obsessive stalker-fan, there are almost certain to be some quality albums Waits have done that you either haven’t listened to or haven’t fully appreciated yet. I, for example, just very recently actually realized how awesome Rain Dogs is. I mean, how can you not love the first track?

Good ol’ Swordfishtrombone-era Waits. You creepy bastard, you.


2 Responses

  1. Yeah, it is looking that way. Which is unfortunate; I thought she had the potential to be the first non-sucky movie star musician.
    More importantly, Rain Dogs is, indeed, just about the greatest thing ever. Franks Wild Years, which I just got, is surprisingly excellent, and not just because it has “Way Down in the Hole”.

  2. Yeah? Everything I’ve listened to from Waits’s theater stuff hasn’t really done much for me. But “Way Down in the Hole” is awesome. So I’ll give it a shot.

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