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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indieblu Music
  • ASIN: B00003XASS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Early in his ninth studio album, Warren Zevon sings of Elvis Presley: "He was an accident waiting to happen... Most accidents happen at home." Zevon's own demon-infested past, still-mordant humor, and post-midlife peace of mind meet on Life'll Kill Ya, his finest effort in more than a decade. From visions of decay ("I Was in the House When the House Burned Down") to hopes of deliverance ("Don't Let Us Get Sick" and a cover of Steve Winwood's "Back in the High Life"), Zevon makes a compelling statement of strength and cockeyed wisdom. --Rickey Wright

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LIFE'LL KILL YA is one of Warren Zevon's best albums ever.
The Footpath Cowboy
I don't think it's for a first time listener as much, but if you loved his other albums, you will love this one!
J. Thomas Vincent
The song titles speak droves about the topics of his inner thoughts.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a fan for over twenty years, I have come to expect a certain amount of that odd sense of humor in each album. I was not disappointed with "Life'll Kill Ya". I laughed out loud during "For My Mext Trick I'll Need a Volunteer", and Elvis is alive in "Porcelain Monkey". I think my favorite is "My S**t's F**ked Up", because it's the first time those words have been used in a song for reasons other that shock or punctuation. There really are no other words that can be used in the song and leave it with the same meaning, let alone humor. I can't pick a favorite Zevon album, but this ranks up there as a quality piece of work. The only slightly negative I could think of is that it ends slow. Then again the complaint may be that it ends at all. This is as good as or better than anything on the radio or in the stores.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on February 22, 2005
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After several years out of the 'scene,' Warren Zevon played a tape of his new songs for Jackson Browne. Browne asked him who he was making an album for, and Zevon told him "no one." A few calls later, Zevon had a deal with Danny Goldberg's Artemis Records, and I'm sure no fan has ever been sorry.

He blasts us in the face from the get-go, with the Dylanesque folk fire of "I Was In the House When the House Burned Down," takes us through a couple of more-or-less typical Zevon moments (the title track, "I'll Slow You Down"), and then slaps us with "Hostage-O," a plea for help coming from the side of everyone who feels remote and emotionally helpless. ("You can treat me like a dog if you make me feel like others feel.") Brilliant.

He winds up the album with "Don't Let Us Get Sick." At the time it was sad and poignant, now it just wipes you out. ("Don't let us get sick/Don't let us get old/Don't let us get stupid, all right?/Just let us be brave/And make us play nice/And let us be together tonight.")

His observations are offset by sparse, mostly folky accompaniment (acoustic guitar, bass, percussion..a little piano).

Powerful, pungent, emotionally raw and fantastic.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Hapworth on February 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I'm a huge Warren Zevon fan (I don't think I'm alone on this one), but I'd been disappointed by his last three offerings. Mr. Bad Example, though sporting some great songs, was a bit too uneven for me--it had the feeling of someone going through the motions. Learning to Flinch, like most live albums, was mere product (nothing like his truly stunning Stand in the Fire). And Mutineer was...well...just a failed effort: too many computerized tricks trying to dress up songs that weren't all that great to begin with.
I'm happy to admit that Zevon's back! I bought this album with trepidation, fearing the the Z-man would present us with just another okay, good-but-not-great record. I feared that, maybe, Zevon was getting a tad too old and that, like so many other rock stars over 40, he was starting to show signs of wear-and-tear. I've been proved 100% wrong. As another review noted before, this is Zevon's best since Sentimental Hygiene (his last GREAT record). Warren's back and he's as cynical as ever. Yes, I like the title track and For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer. But what really wins me over are the songs here that I would NEVER have guessed Warren could write or sing. I'll Slow You Down contains one of the catchiest riffs I've heard, and Warren's singing takes chances that pays huge rewards. Throw in a downbeat, melancholy cover of Steve Winwood's upbeat, bouncy worldwide smash hit, and I find myself grinning from ear to ear.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Don Thomason on August 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to the title, the acerbic wit that gave the world "Excitable Boy," "Werewolves of London," and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is quite alive and well, and this album is evidence enough of it. With his cocked sense of humor and enough plaintiveness to keep you guessing, Zevon delivers charmingly disturbed music that you can`t keep out of your CD player or tape deck. Check out the magician analogies to relationships in "For My Next Trick I`ll Need a Volunteer" or the Vegas-era Elvis put-down "Porcelain Monkey," just to name a couple. Also, Zevon's singularly wistful reading of Steve Winwood's "Back in the High Life" isn't a cover, it's an outright kidnapping. Of course, being Warren Zevon, he follows up that remarkable performance with a track whose title could not be printed on the album jacket. Zevon's warped, wiseass lyrical perspectives are fully engaged on songs like "I Was In The House When The House Burned Down" and "Live'll Kill Ya," to riotous effect. All told, the entire Zevon experience is on display here, and that's a damn good thing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Glover on February 9, 2000
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This is one of Zevon's best. The album plays like a phone call from an old friend. The more you hear it, the better it gets. "I Was In the House When the House Burned Down" is by far the best song. Classic Zevon lyrics to an upbeat folk song. "Life'll Kill Ya" is okay, but did anyone else notice how Warren sings the first verse through his nose? It sounds like he had a cold when he recorded it. "Porcelain Monkey" is great and quite similar to "Siminole Bingo," which is another of my favorites. "For My Next Trick, I'll Need A Volunteer" makes me laugh even after the 100th time. "You won't want to look in the box when I'm through." Poetic. "I'll Slow You Down" is great, and only Warren Zevon could pull off a touching little folk song about s&m with "Hostage-o." Not even Trent Reznor could do it (at least he hasn't so far). "Dirty Little Religion" is fun to sing along with while speeding down the road with the stereo cranked up. This version of "Back in the High Life Again" comes to life far more than the Winwood version. It is a touching lament which produces that rare brand of pleasant sadness that arises in so many of Zevon's songs. The next song speaks for itself. A classic. "Fistfull of Rain" and "Ourselves to Know" are both pretty insightful, as are most of Zevon's songs. "Don't Let Us Get Sick" is a touching folk song reminiscent of some of John Prine's earlier work. The fact that the album was under-produced only goes to show that the talent here comes from the artist rather than a sound board. Every time I hear it is like the first time, only now I know all the words.
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