Genius: Best of Warren Zevon
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"Genius" is an intelligently selected single-disc best of collection that hits plenty of high points among the 22 tracks. For example, Zevon's best studio album, 1987's "Sentimental Hygene," is represented by four songs ("Detox Mansion," "Reconsider Me," "Boom Boom Mancini" and "Splendid Isolation"). Other highlights include the humorous epic "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," Zevon's R.E.M. collaboration cover of Prince's "Raspberry Beret," a cover of "A Certain Girl" and the south-of-the-border drug saga "Carmelita." The CD booklet contains a full lyrics sheet for every song that was a Zevon original as well as a listing of the players for each track.
Overall, an outstanding single disc anthology from a unique and quirky songwriter who will be very much missed.
The whole thing is jam-packed with terrific songs, alternately rousing and beautiful, funny and heartbreaking. "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" is a haunting tale of murder and revenge, while "Excitable Boy" is a comical tale of murder that takes aim at society's "boys will be boys" mentality. The celebrity-rehab ode "Detox Mansion" straddles a thin line between cheekiness ("I've been raking leaves with Liza / Me and Liz clean up the yard") and confession ("Well, it's tough to be somebody, and it's hard not to fall apart"). In "Splendid Isolation," he longs for solitude (looking to Georgia O'Keefe and Michael Jackson as role models), while in "Reconsider Me" and "Searching for a Heart," he yearns for a human connection. "I Was in the House When the House Burned Down" is the lament of a hapless loser (a sequel of sorts to "Lawyers, Guns and Money," maybe?), while "Mr.Read more ›
For the record, the following is the collection's list of songs, followed by their year of release.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone that is into music and songwriting is honestly doing themselves a disservice if they do not have this album. It is a great compilation of other albums' songs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dayman6
Warren was quite the artist at songwriting and presentation.Published 2 months ago by G. Morningstar
I really miss Warren. This is a good collection of his earlier work. His last few albums were very much for those left behind after he passed. A fine gentleman.Published 3 months ago by Jonathan Ashton
It's great because it's Warren Zevon, but honestly you need to listen to everything of his. One of My favorite albums of his is Life'll Kill Ya. listen to it beginning to end.Published 5 months ago by K. C Wilson
Can't find a better name for a Zevon greatest hits album.Published 9 months ago by Keep Austin Beer'd