Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle, Music From The Original Motion Picture “One From the Heart”

Sam Adams

By Sam Adams

on 10.24.11 in Reviews

Music From The Original Motion Picture "One From The Heart"

Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle
An awkward-fitting soundtrack

While he was reinventing himself in the three-year gap between Heartattack and Vine and Swordfishtrombones, Waits signed onto Francis Ford Coppola’s doomed musical One From the Heart, penning a set of songs that hearken back to the ariose romanticism of Blue Valentine. Paired with Crystal Gayle, who takes the lead vocal on “Old Boyfriends,” “Take Me Home” and “Is There Any Way Out of This Dream?” Waits drops the wolfish howl he unveiled on Heartattack, undermining the implausible claim that his voice had simply changed. The lush romanticism is an awkward fit, as much for Waits as it was for Coppola, although fans longing for one last crack at Waits’s first period will want to investigate with care.