Transverse City Import
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 6, 2003
|Audio CD, Import, August 28, 1998||
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The Late Warren Zevon's Second Album for Virgin Records, Like It's Predecessor "Sentimental Hygeine", Fell by the Wayside at the Time of It's Release. He is at his Ascerbic Best, Especially on the Hit Highlight Track "Splendid Isolation", "Networking" and "Down in the Mall". Another Overlooked Masterpiece from the Genius...
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Well I didn't have to wonder for long, because Warren Zevon had already provided this answer: Jerry Garcia and Jack Casady [Jefferson Airplane] appear on a few tracks [though not together], plus also Neil Young; meanwhile, the sparkly keyboards & sardonic lyrics are something like what the Cars offered.
Not to get too carried away with the comparison -- Warren's insights are a darn sight more political than Ric Ocasek's -- but there are an awful lot of sequenced patterns going on behind the grouchy lyrics and soaring guitars.
While this has never become a favorite album, it still gets played -- both for its musical interest & lyrical provocations [I don't know how else to describe Warren's lyrics]. That doesn't mean it couldn't become yours, if you liked the sound of THE ENVOY.
If your a Zevon fan this is a must have album. Get it today! R. I. P. WZ
He's traded in those things for a sharp, pointed, cynical, and occasionally angry mix of synth and guitar. Guest spots from Neil Young ("Gridlock") and Jerry Garcia (title track and "They Moved the Moon") only shore up the differences.
The songs themselves are very well done, and tackle a number of themes from city living ("everyone's choking on monoxide fumes"), consumer culture, and basically just attacks everything about current society and what it's turned/turning into. His pointed comment on celebrity obsession ("Splendid Isolation") seems mild now in our age of internet gossip and TMZ.
Still, it's not at all unpleasant to listen to. Zevon seems here like the cranky guy next door who's going through a rough patch, but is so damn witty about it that his bitterness proves entertaining. By the end of the album, the listener knows he's seen a side of Zevon not previously on display, and it's a great exploration of a society's effect on the individual.
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Warren is still wonderful and always great to listen to.Read more
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