Monday, October 26, 2009

Warren Zevon
Mr. Bad Example
Rhino Encore

Disappointed by the commercial lethargy demonstrated by his late-80s run at Virgin Records, Zevon circa early 1990s made one last heartfelt stab at the pop mainstream. Rounding up trusted studio aces from his Excitable Boy days, including guitarist/producer Waddy Wachtel, Zevon wrote yet another batch of exceptional songs--from the madcap greed-gone-wild narrative of the title cut (seemingly more pertinent with each passing day) to the dreamy "Suzie Lightning," his gentlest, most wistful love song. Overproduced in patches, the strength of the songwriting wins out on this criminally overlooked disc. And how the gorgeous, floating melodicism of "Searching For a Heart," even with a Hollywood tie-in, missed the charts remains a great Zevon mystery. (Luke Torn)

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