|Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner: 4 stars (3.5 with a half point for uniqueness and benefit of the doubt on future listens)
Precon: I love Tom Waits. Small Change, which came out a year after this, is one of my favorite albums of all time. I also like the one that came a year before this, The Heart of Saturday Night, although it’s very different, but somehow I’ve never heard Nighthawks. Record Club to the rescue!
Favorite Track: Spare Parts I
I like the jazz band, I like the live audience for the most part, and I like Waits’ raconteuring, I just didn’t expect it to go on for the majority of the album. I wish there was more actual singing. The album is unique though and great for what it is. I have a feeling I’ll like it even more on subsequent listens, possibly while driving to nowhere in particular on a rainy day.