Life'll Kill Ya
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Vinyl, June 12, 2020
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Following a decade of stagnation and waning interest, legendary singer-songwriter Warren Zevon , who masked his soft-side with his sarcastic, lyrical prose, entered the new millennium with his acclaimed 10th studio album Life'll Kill Ya. Though the album predated Zevon's fatal cancer diagnosis by two years, its title track, as well as standout cuts like My ****'s Fucked Up and Don't Let Us Get Sick, brought the album critical praise as a mournful lament on the aging process and the inevitable decay that accompanies it. Available now for the first time on vinyl, and limited to 1000 copies, Ship To Shore PhonoCo's 20th anniversary reissue of Life'll Kill Ya features brand-new, expanded liner notes and rare photos from Jorge Calderón, Zevon's son, Jordan, and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith. Other highlights include Porcelain Monkey, which puts Elvis Presley in Zevon's sardonic crosshairs, a cover of Steve Winwood's Back In The High Life Again sounds as if it were written for Zevon, and Fistful of Rain is a melodious examination of the fickle nature of fame. Engineered as a comeback vehicle, co-produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade (the producing duo responsible for Radiohead's Pablo Honey), Zevon's songwriting collaborator Jorge Calderón added a lighthearted accent to Zevon's musical portraits of doom and gloom. Despite helping with a successful comeback, Life'll Kill Ya's content was revealed all too true when, in 2003, Zevon passed away of pleural mesothelioma. I mean, the fact that life will kill you is just that, Zevon told Rolling Stone in upon the album's release. I think you have to spend a fair amount of time realizing that you will be, so that you'll remember to enjoy everything you possibly can every minute you're not. You always want to try and tell younger people that, which is very difficult, because they don't really hear it because they feel a life has been imposed on them. And of course, they're absolutely correct.
- Product Dimensions : 12.32 x 12.28 x 0.24 inches; 9.17 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Ship to Shore Media
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Date First Available : April 14, 2020
- Label : Ship to Shore Media
- ASIN : B087349QT5
- Number of discs : 1
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It's hard to believe that his album is (as of this writing) twenty years old. It was released in 2000, and the meditations on death, aging, and the like sound just as poignant and relevant today.
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.