The Wind - Warren Zevon
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

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  • Summary: Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2002, veteran singer-songwriter Warren Zevon decided to record one final album. This 11-track effort includes contributions from numerous Zevon friends, including Ry Cooder, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Tom Petty, and Dwight Yoakam.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Under the direst circumstances, he has painted his masterpiece. [Album of the Month, Sep 2003, p.96]
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. A sturdy reminder of why Warren will be missed.
  7. I can't tell if The Wind is a final bid for immortality or some kind of dirty joke.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. seang
    Sep 8, 2003
    10
    Good Bye. We'll miss you.
  2. HansF
    Aug 29, 2003
    10
    great !!!
  3. JohnH
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    Extraordinary work from an exceptional talent. Maybe normally a 9......but given the circumstances a 10 seems cheap.
  4. cesarn
    Sep 9, 2003
    10
    a genius album... rest in peace, mr zevon
  5. DanC
    May 23, 2004
    10
    Wonderful, wonderful, album!
  6. LapdoodlingCrickets
    May 5, 2005
    10
    WZ ,you are in our hearts
  7. 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 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. Expand

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