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By Dan Leone

It starts with a sunrise, it ends with "one star shining," and in between Closing Time contains an honest year's worth (1973, to be exact) of sweet, melodic, vintage Tom Waits--minus some of the vocal growl and thematic grit of his later stuff (but you can see it coming). Waltzes, lullabies, blues, jazz, you name it. Driving songs and drinking songs, even an honest to gosh country tune: "Rosie." There are torchers ("Lonely"), scorchers ("Ice Cream Man"), and back-porch senior citizen love songs ("Martha"): "Those were the days of roses/Poetry and prose, and/Martha, all I had was you and all you had was me." Other standouts are "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You" (guess what--he does!) and "Grapefruit Moon," in which Waits croons: "Every time I hear that melody, something breaks inside." Hang on to your hearts and hats, folks.

1. Ol' 557. Rosie
2. I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You8. Lonely
3. Virginia Avenue9. Ice Cream Man
4. Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)10. Little Trip to Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love)
5. Midnight Lullaby11. Grapefruit Moon
6. Martha12. Closing Time


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"Great review of Closing Time, always a perfect soundtrack to ending good nights, loved your description of "Marta.""

--Ann Nominus

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Artist: Tom Waits

Released: July 11, 1973

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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