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Swordfishtrombones is an album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits,
released in September 1983. It was the first album that Waits produced

Stylistically different from his previous LPs, the album moves away from the
piano and string orchestra arrangements of the late 1970s, replacing them
instead with unusual instrumentation and a somewhat more abstract songwriting
approach.[citation needed]

The cover art is a TinTone photograph by Michael A. Russ showing Waits with
the actors Angelo Rossitto and Lee Kolima.

The album peaked at #164 on the Billboard Pop Albums and 200 albums charts.
In 1989, Spin named Swordfishtrombones the second greatest album of all time. In
2006, Q placed the album at #36 in its list of “40 Best Albums of
the '80s.”

Pitchfork Media listed Swordfishtrombones as 11th best album of the 1980s.
Slant Magazine listed the album at #26 on its list of “Best Albums of the

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