Been listening to a lot of Tom Waits lately. I know that I should appreciate his Swordfishtrombones period, and I do. But the early balladeer albums have always been my favorite. This first album shows Tom Waits pulling off his most upbeat melancholy. In fact, Martha is my favorite song he has ever done. I get teary everytime I listen to it, and I've listened to it hundreds of times. Many of the "Best Song Writer" polls have Tom Waits near the top. And he really shows that here.