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Music Consumption: Tom Waits
09/10/1999 Tom Waits: Mule Variations

I also picked up the new Tom Waits CD, Mule Variations. Successfully mining much the same territory as Bone Machine, but perhaps less apocolyptically, Waits continues delivering what the blues delivers. Surprisingly, I picked this up used--somebody wasn't into it, it seems. Well, it's not Bone Machine, Night on Earth, The Black Rider, or Swordfishtrombones (in no particular order). But I'm rating it above Rain Dogs, for sure, and somewhere in there with the above recordings.