• Record Label: Artemis
  • Release Date: May 7, 2002
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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  1. SteveE
    Sep 15, 2003
    9
    More genius from the underappreciated Mr. Zevon. Really, who else would find a rhyme for seraphim, and get Letterman to guest, on the same album? Wish I would have bought it long ago and he could have spent the royalty $$ himself.
  2. GabrielR.
    Jun 27, 2002
    9
    Another great album, from a great musician. Classic.
  3. JamesL.
    Jun 28, 2002
    7
    It's his best since "Mr. Bad Example". Great start and great finish. Drags in the middle. Lyrics are great as usual.
  4. BrianC
    Dec 11, 2002
    9
    Zevon's recently publicized health problems were the obvious driving force behind much of this album. McGillycuddy's Reeks, I Have To Leave, and the title track all show this touching, but not overly melancholy realization. I've come to the belief that Warren will become known as the J. S. Bach of rock and roll, appreciated by a few during his lifetime, but HUGE after Zevon's recently publicized health problems were the obvious driving force behind much of this album. McGillycuddy's Reeks, I Have To Leave, and the title track all show this touching, but not overly melancholy realization. I've come to the belief that Warren will become known as the J. S. Bach of rock and roll, appreciated by a few during his lifetime, but HUGE after he'd passed on. Expand
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 60
    For all his sour wit, however, Zevon remians a musical craftsman who's happy to leave the lyrics to others. [July 2002, p.102]
  2. It rocks harder (and louder) without stinting on the musicianly colors that have always redeemed his sessionman whomp.
  3. Finds Zevon reverting to a fuller, plumper, back-to-the-'80s sound. [July 2002, p.122]