In the eighties, he seemed to start believing his own press, and after the stellar soundtrack to One From The Heart, his Swordfishtrombones release saw a change in musical direction in both songwriting style and arrangement, as Waits began to feature less commonly used instruments.
Sadly for me, this rendered most of his post 1982 output unlistenable.
Until 2011's Bad As Me. The songs actually had....(gasp)....melody!
Calling it a return to form might be a stretch, but it's the first Waits' album I genuinely like in 29 years.