I've just started listening to Sentimental Hygiene for the very first time. The title track is mind blowing. This album reconfirms that Zevon has to be the best singer/songwriter that ever graced the planet.
Many people only know Zevon for the Excitable Boy album that included the popular songs "Werewolves of London" and "Lawyers, Guns and Money", however, you owe it to yourself to check out the rest of his albums. They are all equally compelling.
I've just ordered his last few albums "Life Will Kill 'Ya" and "The Wind" and hope to review these in the coming weeks.
In the mid seventies, Zevon was discovered by the likes of Jackson Browne. After that, the rest is history.
The Grammy-Award winning American rock singer-songwriter was known to many for his often offbeat, sardonic view of life which was reflected in his dark, sometimes humorous songs, which often incorporated political or historical themes.
Although Zevon died from cancer in 2003, albums like "Sentimental Hygiene" continue to raise the bar on classic singer-songwriting. Warren Zevon is quite possibly the best singer-songer to emerge from America in years. He's right up there with Dylan, Cash, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Lindsay Buckingham and all the greats.
Check out the ballad "Reconsider Me" (from the "Sentimental Hygiene" album). Although Zevon liked to rock with the best of them, the ballad shows another side to the man who had it all, lost it, and got it back all over again, just before he passed away.
Now how's that for irony?