10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mutineer is often considered one of Warren Zevon’s lesser inspired releases. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s an intimate look at a man who often used the most professional of Los Angeles session players to build his sound. Here in his home studio, Zevon is free to wander as he feels fits. The songwriting is stellar and the cover of Judee Sill’s “Jesus Was a Cross Maker” is years ahead of its time. (Sill’s resurgence was a long time coming). “The Indifference of Heaven,” the highlight of the solo live album Learning to Flinch, is a powerful piece of personal philosophy. “Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse” is exactly the kind of quirky folk song that Zevon could always deliver. “Mutineer” is Zevon at his most romantic and self-mythologizing. “Seminole Bingo” is the flipside, white-collar crooks on the lam. “Something Bad Happened to a Clown” features a top-notch Zevon vocal performance. Zevon was a ruthless yet tenderhearted songwriter who always found a unique way around the same old tried-and-true chords of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s time to rediscover this lost classic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mutineer is often considered one of Warren Zevon’s lesser inspired releases. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s an intimate look at a man who often used the most professional of Los Angeles session players to build his sound. Here in his home studio, Zevon is free to wander as he feels fits. The songwriting is stellar and the cover of Judee Sill’s “Jesus Was a Cross Maker” is years ahead of its time. (Sill’s resurgence was a long time coming). “The Indifference of Heaven,” the highlight of the solo live album Learning to Flinch, is a powerful piece of personal philosophy. “Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse” is exactly the kind of quirky folk song that Zevon could always deliver. “Mutineer” is Zevon at his most romantic and self-mythologizing. “Seminole Bingo” is the flipside, white-collar crooks on the lam. “Something Bad Happened to a Clown” features a top-notch Zevon vocal performance. Zevon was a ruthless yet tenderhearted songwriter who always found a unique way around the same old tried-and-true chords of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s time to rediscover this lost classic.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

joe the kapp ,

Well, maybe three and a half

Although his personal life and career were at something of a nadir, Warren Zevon managed to cobble together some strong material for this album--even if no one noticed. Given the paucity of his catalogue, a fan of his music is probably going to want at least some of these songs; Indifference, Monkey Wash and Mutineer are essential in a Warren Zevon collection, I think, and most of the rest are nice enough with Seminole Bingo, Piano Fighter, and Rottweiler being good examples of WZ's sardonic humor.

Mrs. Jewely ,

Mature Zevon

I may be in the minority here, but this is and has been one of my favourite Zevon albums. True there are no gimmicky sing along songs; rather they're the voice of someone who's been up and down the road but still standing. The Indifference of Heaven indeed! Do yourselves a favour and listen to them with a fresh heart.

joyfuljourney ,

To know him is to love him

Irregardless of my indirect connection to Mr. Zevon for a short period in my early college days, anyone who knows anything about music knows that when you hear a muscian with just himself and his guitar you hear his soul. If you are a fan of Mr. Zevon you will appreciate hearing his heart. RIP

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