• Record Label: Artemis
  • Release Date: Aug 26, 2003

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Uncut
    Under the direst circumstances, he has painted his masterpiece. [Album of the Month, Sep 2003, p.96]
  2. 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.
  3. Spin
    It's not gallows humor, just the most natural thing in the world. [Oct 2003, p.113]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    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]
  5. 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.
  6. It is a wonderful album that explores separation and endings and life’s journeys – and their inevitable end - in Zevon’s inimitable style.
  7. 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.
  8. This is a fine final coda that's no tearjerker but a reminder of how much he matters right now.
  9. 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.
  10. Q Magazine
    Poignant beyond words... but never mawkish. [Dec 2003, p.140]
  11. A sturdy reminder of why Warren will be missed.
  12. Mojo
    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]
  13. Blender
    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]
  14. 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.
  15. Sounds cranky, cynical, sentimental, and mordantly funny--in other words, like a good Warren Zevon record.
  16. Despite its rock-star cast, The Wind doesn't match the energy or the wit of Zevon's previous Artemis releases.
  17. I can't tell if The Wind is a final bid for immortality or some kind of dirty joke.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. JohnH
    Mar 7, 2007
    Extraordinary work from an exceptional talent. Maybe normally a 9......but given the circumstances a 10 seems cheap.
  2. KevinB
    Aug 18, 2006
    Great final testament of a dying legend.
  3. ScottY
    Jul 9, 2005
    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. Full Review »