Just listened to Picture in a Frame, above. He's good and everything about it is musical. Even the particular way the piano was out of tune. But, I don't know about the voice. It still seems mannered to me, as if it was something that he invented for his professional career. The phrase "Sunday best," which he repeats several times is definitely a throwback to earlier times and places in Americana history. Do many people here on the forum use this term in a non-satirical, non-mocking, anachronistic way? I'm willing to be that I've never known anyone personally use that term. It just seems fake to me, just like Minnie Pearl's hat with a $1.98 price tag hanging off the side. I'm not putting Minnie Pearl down, as she was highly successful in creating that role for herself. Is this what Tom Waits has done, created a role for himself. Is doing something like that more common than what we might believe, or want to believe? Is he following in Leon Redbone's footsteps? I remember seeing him on SNL, Midnight Special, and other 70s shows. When I saw that he was going to appear on one of those shows back then, there was no doubt about what he would sound like (and look like). Isn't that sort of a vaudeville point of view?