>Rain Dogs< is Tom Waits< ninth album, originally released in 1985. It is a loose concept album about the people who live on the streets of New York City, the so-called urban dispossessed. >Rain Dogs< is generally considered the middle album of a trilogy that includes >Swordfishtrombones< and >Franks Wild Years<. On the album Waits works together with both Marc Ribot and Keith Richards for the first time. Many times would follow including Waits latest album >Bad as Me<. >Rain Dogs< is praised for its broad spectrum of musical styles and genres, described by Rolling Stone as merging >Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues and the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass, into a singularly idiosyncratic American style<.