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CD Reviews:  Review of  The Wind Warren Zevon

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It is impossible to listen to this album without thinking about the circumstances under which it was made. Warren Zevon was diagnosed with terminal cancer a little over a year ago (he died on September 7) and instead of becoming a hermit or spending his time waiting to die (he was given three months to live), he wanted to make one more record to say goodbye to his friends and fans. I have been a fan of Zevon’s since 1987’s Sentimental Hygiene, Warren’s out-of-rehab record which featured a really cool collaboration with George Clinton on “Leave My Monkey Alone.” I was familiar with his earlier work (like “Werewolves of London”), but that record really impressed me with its slick craftsmanship and intelligence. Zevon always was far too witty for the general consumer, his lyrics were often edgy, satirical and very funny. The musicianship of his records has always been excellent.

The Wind features a slew of guest musicians who wanted to make music with Zevon one last time. Dwight Yoakam, Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, John Waite and Tommy Shaw are amongst the star-studded supporting cast who help lend various talents to the record. The best performance may be Joe Walsh’s slide guitar work on the blues stomper, “Rub Me Raw.” My favorite tracks on this outstanding disc are the ones in which Zevon confronts his situation with painful honesty. “Please Stay” and “Keep Me In Your Heart” are beautiful and moving songs. I am not sure if it is my imagination or the fact that I was aware of what was going on during the making of this record, but Zevon’s voice, distinctive as usual, sounds a bit (just slightly) strained. I think it actually adds to the texture of the project, a reminder of the commitment it took to complete the work.

The Wind is a brilliant record. Jorge Calderon, co-producer and co-writer of the album, deserves a lion’s share of the credit for guiding what must have been an incredibly bittersweet affair. If you want some insight into a gifted artist and a graceful way of dealing with mortality, you should run, not walk, to the record store and pick up The Wind.

~R. David Smola : Feedback - Link to Us  - About B-E - FAQ - Advertise with Us

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