Sep 21, 2015
Sparse and open orchestration, dissonant ringing and obscure meaning all feature in the discussion of what Sam considers the most interesting song of the album, with debate over vocal authenticity vs technical ability and musical theatre performance.
Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians listening to and discussing every single Tom Waits track in chronological order.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes
Lonely, Closing Time, Tom Waits (1973)
Pure Imagination, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Sountrack), Gene Wilder (1971)
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