Mr. Bad Example

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After two albums that placed Warren Zevon in unexpected surroundings -- 1987's scrappy Sentimental Hygiene, which employed R.E.M. as Zevon's house band, and 1989's Transverse City, an elaborate and epic-scale depiction of a world in collapse -- 1991's Mr. Bad Example seemed like a return to familiar ground, at least at first glance. Frequent guitar foil Waddy Wachtel produced the sessions, and a number of other friends and collaborators from his salad days also popped up, including David Lindley, Jorge Calderon, Jim Keltner, and Jeff Porcaro. But if Mr. Bad Example was leaner, breezier, and more concise than the two discs that preceded it, it also carried an air of Zevon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After two albums that placed Warren Zevon in unexpected surroundings -- 1987's scrappy Sentimental Hygiene, which employed R.E.M. as Zevon's house band, and 1989's Transverse City, an elaborate and epic-scale depiction of a world in collapse -- 1991's Mr. Bad Example seemed like a return to familiar ground, at least at first glance. Frequent guitar foil Waddy Wachtel produced the sessions, and a number of other friends and collaborators from his salad days also popped up, including David Lindley, Jorge Calderon, Jim Keltner, and Jeff Porcaro. But if Mr. Bad Example was leaner, breezier, and more concise than the two discs that preceded it, it also carried an air of Zevon battling against the sound and style fans expected of him, and reflected the mind of an artist who had learned to pursue his own vision no matter what others expected of him. "Finishing Touches" is as bitter a kiss-off to a former lover as anyone has committed to plastic, "Model Citizen" is hardly more charitable in its depiction of an unfortunately average guy "It's the white man's burden/And it weighs a ton", and "Susie Lightning" and "Angel Dressed in Black" are witty but mordant commentaries on love in the '90s. However, that's not to say that Zevon is without a sense of humor; the title cut is a hilarious shaggy dog tale of one man's love affair with global irresponsibility, and "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" is worthy of its title. And while the final cut is called "Searching for a Heart," the song confirms Zevon had one that was battered but still functioning when he recorded this album. Mr. Bad Example doesn't make an immediate connection like some of Warren Zevon's best work, but the songs are well-crafted and it grows with repeated listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Rhino Encore
  • UPC: 081227992477
  • Catalog Number: 24431

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Zevon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Soloist, Harmony
Dwight Yoakam Vocal Harmony
David Lindley Fiddle, Saz, Lap Steel Guitar, Cumbus
Jorge Calderon Bass, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner Drums
Dan Dugmore Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Glaub Bass
Tito Larriva Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Kipp Lennon Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Mark Lennon Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Michael Lennon Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Jordan Zevon Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Waddy Wachtel Guitar, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
David Lindley Contributor
Marc DeSisto Engineer
Andrew Slater Direction
Waddy Wachtel Producer
LeRoy Marinell Composer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Dave Collins Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    For anyone who thought Zevon's creative zenith was in the late 1970s, this album proves he was always putting out great work, whether the mainstrem media cared to acknowledge it or not. "Mr. Bad Example" is at times cynical, often funny, a bit sentimental, and always insightful. The title track is a hilarious satire of one man's journey through life doing all the bad things he can and laughing while he gets away with it; 'Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead' is a weird story of hanging out with friends; and 'Finishing Touches' is a hard-driving opener about being done in by a past lover and not giving a damn. The rest of the album is top-notch from start to finish and it is recommended for all.

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