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  • Audio CD (22 Jan. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004RBGH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By 9ftneil VINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This late 80's offering from one of America's most original and humourous songwriting talents may not shine upon first listening but it merits 4 stars as it is truly a "grower".
Unusually for Zevon this album is heavy on the synths but they provide a modern sounding polish to his tales of urban living. Networking examines this 80's yuppy byword with Zevon's customary satirical wit:" I'm doing lunch all over town". Similarly Gridlock sees Zevon raging at this modern traffic malaise; "I feel like going on a killing spree". Down In The Mall pokes fun at shiney consumerism with a touch of credit card fraud thrown in for reality: "We'll put it on a charge account we're never gonna pay".
Other highlights are the sardonic Splendid Isolation where Zevon wants to live like Michael Jackson in Disneyland as long as he doesn't have to share it with anyone else. Then there's the marvellous dumb rock of Turbulence with Zevon namechecking Gorbachev and the Afghani mujahaddin in a tale of a "poor boy" bewildered by the rapidly unfurling world of communism.The relentless synth rock of the title track provides the backdrop to Zevon's litany of modern social disintegration where humanity is the "witness and the victim" of a world preoccupied by the "double helix" and the "test tube mating call", a "narcoleptic dream" set to the "hum of desperation".
Featuring guest performances from such luminaries as Jerry Garcia, Jack Casady and Neil Young this album shines with Zevon's humanity throughout and despite the subject matter it is a suprisingly uplifting album. Only Zevon could make a dark satire about our Orwellian hi-tech world and make it alternately humourous and touching without losing any of his bite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReadML on 20 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Buy this album for one of Warren Zevon's greatest songs- "Splendid Isolation". A classic song from a much underrated singer-songwriter. There are 2 or 3 other good tracks as well such as "Networking" and "Run Straight Down". Overall, this album is not as strong however as other albums released by Warren Zevon around this time such as "Sentimental Hygiene" and "Mr Bad Example". A sadly missed artist.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GeneralCromwell on 12 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Zevon i ever listened to, and boy did i realise how much i'd been missing over the years! I immediately went out and got his entire back catalogue!
This is a stunning album with some blistering songs on it. The Long Arm Of the Law is a cracking tune about cops, Gridlock has to be the first song about traffic jams! "I feel like going on a killing spree!!!" He proclaims!
Best of all is Splendid Isolation, about a guy who wants to be alone. The Lyrics are genius! "Michael Jackson in Disneyland, don't have to share it with nobody else, lock the gates Goofy take my hand, and lead me through the world of self..!"
As usual with Zevon albums there's always a nice ballad, and 'Nobody's in love this year' is gorgeous!
Transverse City is a great and underrated album, but i guarantee you pick up ANY Warren Zevon album and you'll want all his other stuff as well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Clare on 13 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
If, like me, you are going through your back catalogue of Warren Zevon albums since his untimely death, I really urge you to reappraise "Transverse City". My recollection is that this was somewhat dismissed at the time of it's original release for being an overproduced concept album - and decidedly uncool. Perhaps Zevon's singer songwriter star was beginning to fade along with others of that generation (Jackson Browne, J.D Souther, the various C, S, N and Y members etc) but this second album on Virgin Atlantic (after he was ditched by Asylum)is full of all the sardonic wit, bile, self-deprecation and astute social observation that we had come to expect from this hugely underrated writer.
WZ seemed to embrace the whole West Coast soft rock ethos and inject it with real edge. I think he may have been described as the Sam Peckinpah of the genre and rightly so. Even his tender love songs had a sinister or dark undertone somewhere in them. His characters are mercenaries, assassins, serial killers, drug dealers, addicts and social misfits. If the Eagles defined bland, inoffensive AOR, then Zevon invented it's edgy, disturbed hybrid (perhaps he was a disciple of Randy Newman).
On this album, he looks more at social alienation, questioning the benefits of an increasingly computerised and frantic urban lifestyle. "Splendid Isolation", "Gridlock" and "Down In The Mall" are full of wonderfull observations, injected with humour and as topical now as they were then. The guest musicians include all the usual West Coast mafia plus members of Little, Feat, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Hot Tuna, with Gerry Garcia, David Lindley and even Chick Corea enjoying little cameo's.
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