Mr Tom Waits steps right up with his 1999 album Mule Variations. It was his twelfth studio album and his first on the Anti label and was widely regarded as a classic on release, taking the organised chaos of Bone Machine mixed with his unique takes on backwood blues, hints of beatnik-ness and masterful songwriting. Tracks like Big In Japan, Hold On and Cold Water helped push the album to win the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album and a nomination for Best Male Vocal performance. The album features long standing collaborator Marc Ribot on guitar as well as contributions from Primus’ Les Claypool and blues harmonica hero Charlie Musselwhite.
What’s he building in there?