October 3, 2004 ~ Tom Waits releases “Real Gone.”
It’s not my fav Waits album — it’s has its moments but it’s a hard listen. I think Amanda Petrusich nails in her review for Pitchfork. She’s speaking to the opening track “Top Of The Hill” but I think it pretty much sums up the whole album:
The song heaves on even when you think it should stop, growing increasingly breathless by the second, as if Waits really was lumbering uphill, begging you for a lift. And when you finally stop wincing, when you finally pull over and open the door– you grin and you dance.