The Wind - Warren Zevon
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The Wind feels less like a grand final statement of Warren Zevon's career than one last walk around the field, with the star nodding to his pals, offering a last look at what he does best, and quietly but firmly leaving listeners convinced that he exits the game with no shame and no regrets.
  2. If the lyrics generally lack the literary precision of Zevon’s best work, the songs take on greater weight given the circumstance under which they were recorded.
  3. I can't tell if The Wind is a final bid for immortality or some kind of dirty joke.
  4. 80
    It's not so much what Zevon says as how he says it: with an air of ragged, nothing-to-lose spontaneity. [Sep 2003, p.133]
  5. This is a fine final coda that's no tearjerker but a reminder of how much he matters right now.
  6. If The Wind is unsentimental, it's also happily unhygienic, sounding as ramshackle and energized as you'd hope a nothing-left-to-lose last blast would. [5 Sep 2003, p.75]
  7. 80
    There's a real sense of party-beneath-the-scaffold much of the time--a looseness you don't often get on these star-studded affairs. [Nov 2003, p.122]
  8. A sturdy reminder of why Warren will be missed.
  9. Poignant beyond words... but never mawkish. [Dec 2003, p.140]
  10. In somebody else's defiance of death, we in the audience get an intense affirmation of life, not to mention some of the best jokes in rock & roll history.
  11. The end result is a first-class effort that will not disappoint die-hard Zevon fans. But it's not just for the faithful: First-time listeners will certainly pick up The Wind out of curiosity, and there's no doubt that they will discover what they have long been missing.
  12. 91
    It's not gallows humor, just the most natural thing in the world. [Oct 2003, p.113]
  13. It is a wonderful album that explores separation and endings and life’s journeys – and their inevitable end - in Zevon’s inimitable style.
  14. Sounds cranky, cynical, sentimental, and mordantly funny--in other words, like a good Warren Zevon record.
  15. 100
    Under the direst circumstances, he has painted his masterpiece. [Album of the Month, Sep 2003, p.96]
  16. Despite its rock-star cast, The Wind doesn't match the energy or the wit of Zevon's previous Artemis releases.
  17. Everyone who says this isn't a sentimental record is right. But it admits sentiment, hold the hygiene, and suggests that he knows more about love dying than he did when he was immortal.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. JohnH
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    Extraordinary work from an exceptional talent. Maybe normally a 9......but given the circumstances a 10 seems cheap.
  2. KevinB
    Aug 18, 2006
    8
    Great final testament of a dying legend.
  3. ScottY
    Jul 9, 2005
    5
    I think that the ratings are over-inflated, perhaps due to his recent death. There are some real gems on here, but it doesn't comepare to some of his other efforts such as Life'll Kill Ya. Full Review »