label: Artemis Records
our score: 5.0 out of 5.0
Warren Zevon's latest and final album, The Wind, without
considering the circumstances surrounding its evolution is an
impossibility. Perhaps judging the album on its face value, without
considering the fact that its author was coming to terms with
a terminal case of cancer, then we might reach an alternative
opinion. However, the shared human experiences and inevitability
of our existence shape our view on everything, especially music.
has long been writing some of the most cutting satirical lyrics
based on human observation. When faced with his own immortality,
his natural sense of irony and humanity was only heightened. Diagnosed
with a rare, terminal form of lung cancer a year ago, Zevon sat
down for one last recording of his insights and feelings.
is not a sentimental tug at the heart strings designed to curry
sympathy. True, certain songs play this way, such as the eulogy
"My Dirty Life and Times" and the post-mortem advisory
"Keep Me in Your Heart", but the remainder of the album
delivers the whimsical, acerbic social satire Zevon has delivered
time and time again. Tracks such as the biting "Disorder
in the House", and the blues-styled "Rub Me Raw",
reflect the outlaw rocker anthems fans have come to expect.
As the last
artistic testament of an insightfully witty songwriter, The
Wind is sincere, genuine, poetic, and at times, perfect. Any
faults are forgiven as the majority of the album hits its mark,
leaving behind a polished tribute to an already cemented legacy.
liked The Wind...
Dirty Life & Times
2. Disorder in the House
3. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
4. Numb as a Stone
5. She's Too Good for Me
6. Prison Grove
7. El Amore Di Mi Videa
8. The Rest of the Night
9. Please Stay
10. Rub Me Raw
11. Keep Me in Your Heart