I can see why this is the least "known" of Wait's many recordings. It come's after his masterpiece "Small Change" and what I feel his next masterpiece "Blue Valentine". So it gets lost in the mix. Critics accuse Waits of reapeting himself on this record, which is not completly fair, considering this is only the second studio recording of Waits as a grufft ruff down and out singer. His voice is clearer and much easier to grasp than "Small Change", so I recommend this as a good way to break into his early career. This would be one of his best, but it lacks the spark, that his great records have. Still, "I never talk to strangers", "Burma Shave", and "Foreign Affairs" are Waits classics. There are no "bad" tracks, but some medicore ones like "Muriel".