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Heartattack and Vine

Tom Waits Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Tom Waits's hipster persona began to evaporate at the beginning of the 1980s, but not before he released the transitional-- but eminently worthwhile--Heartattack and Vine, which contained "On the Nickel", a Dickensian tale of street life, and "Jersey Girl," a song Bruce Springsteen gave a far wider airing to on his Live 1975-1985 box set. You can hear hints of Waits's style growing more trenchant on songs like "Downtown" and the stark, bluesy title track, which contains the immortal line "Don't you know there ain't no devil / That's just God when he's drunk." Indeed. --Daniel Durchholz

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dec 3 2009
Format:Audio CD
I had just about given up on trying to find any new music worth listening to. I had heard some of Tom Wait's stuff before but I hadn't really gotten into it for reasons I won't go into. I bought this CD hoping that it would have one or two songs that were worth listening to, which unfortunately is the most I've come to hope for these days. It seems like 90% of the CD's made are pure trash, and of the other 10% most of the songs are filler because the artist really doesn't have much to say.

Once I started listening to this CD I was pretty much blown away. It was like I had found buried treasure, or I had been suddenly made well after a long illness. It was Glorious! I felt like falling on my knees and thanking God or whoever had made this possible. I felt like music wasn't dead after all, there are still true artists out there, making beautiful music, I think I'll be buying a lot of Tom Wait's CD's in the future. I don't think they'll all be as good as this one, but I can hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ``Get'' Waits Aug. 17 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you don't have ``Small Change'' and for some unknown reason refuse to get it, then HeartAttack & Vine is the quintessential Tom Waits. It will repay the many listens it deserves. Play it, play it, and play it. Then, if you are like so many, it will become almost drug-like: you will then demand to hear it, again and again. It is not his best album (no, I won't enter that battle), but it really is one of his best, and worth the price, really. Then, get ``Small Change'', and all the others. Once you ``get'' Waits, you really have to get it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits turns cliche into poetry. July 15 2004
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Format:Audio CD
There is no other album, except perhaps Thunder Road which moves me as much. Tom Waits has a talent for making even the most mundane, simple, cliched words become poetic. He sings his heart into each word-just extraordinary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Of His Most Breathtaking Lyrics July 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
No matter what style of music Tom Waits' experiments with, his strongest card is always his lyrics. Before this album, I always found "Closing Time" to be the album that best captures whimsical lyrics of romance, heartbreak, and past loves (no matter how coarse and cynical you may be, try getting through "Martha" or "Grapefruit Moon" without feeling a tug-of-a-heartstring).
Where "Closing Time" had a unique mix of jazz, country, and a smattering of blues, "Heartattack & Vine" plays a harder blues style throughout most of the CD. The songs that steal the show, however, steer away from that raw-blues style.
"Jersey Girl" is an acoustic piece that is an atypical Tom Waits love song. The surprise is that it is a love song by Tom Waits without sarcasm, pining or regret, yet it sounds very much like Tom Waits. And while not a sad song, it is still quite the tearjerker. Perhaps this is because of Waits' gutteral character singing all-out vulnerable worship for the blue-collar Jersey Girl he has fallen in love with. One of the greatest love songs ever written.
"On The Nickel" contains probably the most devastating and beautiful lyrics I have ever heard. "The Nickel" refers to a section of Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles that was gathering place for the homeless and down-&-out folks during the depression era. The song is the title score for the 1980 film by Ralph Waite. The music rings like a childrens' lullaby, with the words harking to the days when these now hapless "Nickel" characters were just little boys running amok and making mischief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind Dec 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who haven't experienced Mr. Waits before, please allow yourself to get past the wickedly raspy vocals before judging this genius (much as you would Bob Dylan). Believe me, after a while you'll think he sings like Sinatra. At first you may think it's just a blues album. But this is ten floors down from blues. This is a look up at the world from some poor soul's rock bottom moment and it is beautiful in its honesty and soul. It's heartbreaking and sarcastic, angry and remorseful, sad and sympathetic. I often chastize myself when I realize how long it's been since I listened to this wonderful album. It is absolutely mesmerizing.
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This album bleeds with lyrical genius...or maybe it's just the Satanist in me...Truly though, the lines are beautiful: "How do the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on", and "Don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just god when he's drunk". I never thought I'd have a favorite album in my life, or a favorite song. There's just too much good stuff out there. But after swimmin' around in this one for awhile there wasn't any chance of escaping. I'll always find myself on Heartattack and Vine, with Mr. Siegal my best and only friend. It's passion, it's love, it's blues, it's vegas, it's being drunk, it's the ups and downs of life's great roller coaster all summed up in one album. When you find yourself at the bottom of bargain scotch you can crank these tunes out, and
trust me, you'll feel like Tom is right there with you. I used to play this album daily at a bar I worked at in Edinburgh Scotland. Those crazy drunkards really loved it to death, which says alot more than any review here can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "What becomes of all the little boys....?"
If push had to come to shove and I was forced to choose just one definitive album above all others to keep forever - this would be it. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by Russell Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five beautiful ballads
This was the place I discovered the magic of Tom Waits. I appreciate his flowing ballads more than his talking blues style, and this album has plenty of both. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars I listen to it every day...
Funny, I've got tons of CD's and tapes, but this is the one
I listen to every day. Just gotta have my "Jersey Girl," "On The Nickel," "Saving All My... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Waits bursting out of his box
With the release of this very strong album in 1980, it became clear that Tom Waits was trying to sneak out of the artistic corner that he had put himself in. Read more
Published on May 23 2002 by Bill R. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Changes to come
Heartattack and Wine foresees the radical changes that Waits were gonna make in his music in the 80's. You can feel traces of more experimenting lineup and vocal. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2001 by Christian Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an overlooked classic.
I read about this album 15 years ago and bought it without ever hearing a song. It was one of the best investments I ever made. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by eric blair
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best!
I was taken by surprise back in '80 when this came out. Tom's voice never sounded more ragged. He played the electric guitar. This was a departure from his '70's output. Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by Robert Boyd
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