My Ride's Here

My Ride's Here

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by Warren Zevon
     
 

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You've always been able to count on Warren Zevon for two things: a deeply etched sense of perversity and a way with some of the most sardonic lyrics in rock. Well, here Zevon employs the former trait to whip up the latter product in typically nonconformist fashion -- he went and hustled some of the edgiest names in literature to write the songs for him! The results

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You've always been able to count on Warren Zevon for two things: a deeply etched sense of perversity and a way with some of the most sardonic lyrics in rock. Well, here Zevon employs the former trait to whip up the latter product in typically nonconformist fashion -- he went and hustled some of the edgiest names in literature to write the songs for him! The results are uniformly top-notch and twisted, from the harried "You're a Whole Different Person when You're Scared," a blues-tinged digression that spotlights the paranoid ravings of Hunter S. Thompson, to the frenzied squall of "Basket Case," an interpolation of Carl Hiaasen's fictional Slut Puppies' theme song. Most striking among the bunch is a tune that, on the surface, might be seen as a throwaway, "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)," penned by Mitch Albom (of Tuesdays with Morrie fame). It's a genuinely hilarious take on modern-day lunkhead-ism -- with guest vocals from David Letterman to boot. Yes, Zevon exercises his own pen here and there, most successfully on the intentionally ugly celebrity kiss-off "Sacrificial Lambs," but it's the icing provided by the guest chefs that makes this cake so delightfully decadent.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Warren Zevon is famous for black-hearted comedy tunes like "Werewolves of London" and "Excitable Boy," but his best work is a good bit deeper and more penetrating, and 2000's Life'll Kill Ya was an impressive return to form, a song cycle about aging and death that was played less for easy laughs than for the bitter humor derived from the knowledge that no one, the artist included, will get out of this world alive. Zevon's follow-up, 2002's My Ride's Here, for the most part recalls Zevon albums like Mr. Bad Example or Mutineer. My Ride's Here also finds Zevon collaborating with a number of writers from outside the world of music (not the first time he's done this; novelist Tom McGuane co-wrote "The Overdraft" on Envoy). Novelist Carl Hiaasen co-wrote "Basket Case," an ode to an insane girlfriend, while gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson collaborates on "You're a Whole Different Person When You're Scared." Sportswriter Mitch Albom, of all people, turns in the best collaboration on the album, "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)." The sardonic "Genius" and "Sacrificial Lambs," and the title cut -- a meditation on mortality that would have fit in on Life'll Kill Ya -- are strong and remind listeners of just how talented Zevon still is.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Indieblue Music
UPC:
0699675112424
catalogNumber:
51124
Rank:
43663

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Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Shaffer   Organ
Michael Wolff   Organ
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Anton Fig   Drums
Tony Levin   Bass
Evan Wilson   Viola
Jordan Zevon   Background Vocals
Sheldon Gomberg   Bass
David Letterman   Background Vocals
Katy Salvidge   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Michael Delugg   Engineer
Harvey Goldberg   Engineer
Will Schillinger   Engineer
Warren Zevon   Arranger,Producer
Matt Chiaravalle   Engineer
Noah Scot Snyder   Engineer
Klint Macro   Engineer
Ariel Zevon   Contributor
Noah Scot Zevon   Engineer

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My Ride's Here 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In short, this album is yet another reason for those in the know to continue to be thankful that Warren is still around doing his thing. Year after year he continues to turn out albums and to tour, giving those of us who can't tolerate the top-forty nonsense something to sink our teeth into. On this album he continues to produce music for grown-ups, as he always has. Even if it weren't for the memorable melodies and lyrics, his voice alone would be worth the seventeen bucks. For some reason the reviewers never seem to comment on the songs of Zevon's that I like best, including the above Barnes and Noble review. Yes, the Hockey Song is great and is certainly not a throwaway. It's right up there with Boom Boom Mancini, although with a more comic tone. Sacrificial Lambs, much as I like it, is not one of my favorites. Listen to the song ''Genius.'' Now that's inspired -- really pretty, really dark, and very evocative lyrics. It's the kind of song that reminds you of where The French Inhaler, the Hula Hula Boys, and Vera Cruz came from. Other favorites of mine are Lord Byron's Luggage and My Ride's Here. Basket Case is fun in a Poisonous Lookalike kind of way, but it's very straightahead and ultimately not nearly as thought-provoking as Zevon's most interesting songs. It's nice if Zevon is having fun collaborating, but he's quite capable of writing these great songs all by himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't help feeling that I've heard a lot of this before...not that that's always a bad thing. At the same time, I wish someone had sped up the metronome a couple of notches. ''Hit Somebody,'' while fun, drags a bit, and I'm guessing that Letterman's re-re-repeated 2-word contribution is going to get tiresome before long. The songs that I expect to be skipping to in the months to come are ''Genius,'' with a wonderful, haunting string accompaniment, and the title track, which features the most clever lyrics. This is the first Zevon album where he seems to have to work to make the words fit the music...maybe that's the result of all of the collaborations. Sorry, but I missed the point of the Burroughs collaboration, and ''McGillicuddy's Reeks'' sounds like it's Irish for Irish's sake. Am I disappointed? Naah. Zevon's never really put together a complete studio album, so I expected mixed results going in. But ''Life'll Kill Ya'' and ''Mutineer'' were far superior and the best tunes far more memorable. That said, I hope to have another album to look forward to in 2 or 3 years...better yet, a new live album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its hard to write a review of a Zevon album. They are just so diverse. This album especially. Its good to hear and album thats not mainstream. I love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another sardonic, sacastic tour de force from one of the most underrated artists in the pop/rock genre. Warren is in fine form on this CD, combining twisted sentimentality wrapped in that world weary voice. From "My Baby Is A Basket Case", to "Hit Somebody" and the closing cut, "My Ride IS Here", Zevon once manages to combine lyrical eccenticity around some great hooks. Walk, no strike that, RUN out and purchase this little gem and prepare to be launched into the Zevon zone.
Lemmy59 More than 1 year ago
When I first got this album, I really wasn't sure what to make of it. The opening "Sacrificial Lambs" is a hard-driving song that isn't representative of the rest of the album, but is a strong starter. The album is just so weird and versatile that it took me 5 or 6 listens before I really got into it. Now that I have, I'd say it's one of my favorite albums (most of Zevon's work is that way for me, though). It may not be his masterpiece (for that, listen to "Warren Zevon" or "Excitable Boy"), but it is a strong offering from one of rock's most underrated artists.