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Insides Out

Insides Out

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by Jordan Zevon
     
 
Jordan Zevon is best known to music fans as Warren Zevon's son: he played on several of his dad's albums; helped produce Warren's final disc, The Wind; and has performed some of his father's songs on a pair of tribute albums. But Warren Zevon fans expecting Jordan's first album on his own to be a sonic chip off the old block are in for

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Jordan Zevon is best known to music fans as Warren Zevon's son: he played on several of his dad's albums; helped produce Warren's final disc, The Wind; and has performed some of his father's songs on a pair of tribute albums. But Warren Zevon fans expecting Jordan's first album on his own to be a sonic chip off the old block are in for a surprise -- Insides Out is an accomplished and impressive debut, but it follows a musical path a great deal different than the trail Warren Zevon blazed. The Beatles are a far more recognizable influence on Insides Out than the elder Zevon, and Jordan's smart, energetic pop tunes suggest that Elvis Costello, XTC, and Fountains of Wayne get heavy rotation on his personal playlist; the tunes are well-crafted, hook-laden pop with rich, buoyant keyboards, sharp guitar accents, and lyrics that balance wit with a keen observational eye. While "American Standard" reflects a bit of the same cynicism that was Warren's trademark, the upbeat melody adds a joyful irony to the song that's smart and engaging, and his homage to the ultimate teenage girl ("Camila Rhodes") and the romantic puzzlement of "Home" and "This Girl" show that Jordan has a voice that's very much his own. At the three-quarter mark, Jordan includes a performance of one of his father's lesser-known tunes, "Studebaker," and it's not until then that his vocal resemblance to Warren comes to the fore; elsewhere, Jordan wisely pursues a sound and approach that stand comfortably on their own, and his quick-witted, classicist's approach to pop reflects that the guy took his sweet time honing his talents before making his way to the recording studio. For fans of smart pop, Insides Out is an unexpected delight and the calling card of a major talent to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396613823
catalogNumber:
6138
Rank:
227272

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jordan Zevon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Lindley   Lap Steel Guitar
Jorge Calderon   Bass Guitar
Jakob Dylan   Background Vocals
Bruce Watson   Guitar
Kim Shattuck   Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Dan Rothchild   Background Vocals
Warren Huart   Guitar
Morty Coyle   Background Vocals
Stan Frazier   Background Vocals
Luke Adams   Drums
Evan Frankfort   Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar
Lori Denae   Background Vocals
Noah Shain   Drums
Jordan Summers   Keyboards
Jay Gore   Guitar
Josh Kramon   Guitar
Simone Stevens   Background Vocals
Andrea Coppola   Percussion
Mott Smith   Background Vocals
Lori Denae   Background Vocals
Micky Coyle   Background Vocals
Christian Black   Guitar
Elizabeth Anderson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Lane   Engineer
Kevin Shirley   Engineer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Jordan Zevon   Composer,Engineer
Mike Chapman   Producer,Audio Production
Warren Huart   Producer,Engineer
Morty Coyle   Composer,Producer
Luke Adams   Engineer
Rich Tosi   Engineer
Evan Frankfort   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Noah Shain   Producer,Engineer
Jordan Summers   Composer,Producer
Johnny Whieldon   Engineer
Josh Kramon   Composer
Noah Shaye   Audio Production

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Insides Out 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Album, cannot wait to see what Jordan does next. This is a cd to get!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Power-pop fans should snap up this amazing debut. Great vocals, smooth yet powerful catchy tunes and clever lyrics -- what more can you ask for? If you caught him on Letterman, you know he can deliver live, too. My fave: "The Joke's on Me."