Transverse City Three albums reissued: Zevon at his most callow, witty, and experimental, respectively. Wanted, his 1969 debut, reveals a nervy youth trying out tough-guy poses. By… Transverse City Three albums reissued: Zevon at his most callow, witty, and experimental, respectively. Wanted, his 1969 debut, reveals a nervy youth trying out tough-guy poses. By… 2003-05-06 Warren Zevon
Music Review

Wanted Dead or Alive; Sentimental Hygiene; Transverse City (2003)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: May 06, 2003; Lead Performance: Warren Zevon

Three albums reissued: Zevon at his most callow, witty, and experimental, respectively. Wanted, his 1969 debut, reveals a nervy youth trying out tough-guy poses. By 1987's Hygiene, he'd lived through his darkest fantasies and renounced their worst excesses with enormous wit and heart (''Detox Mansion'' and ''Even a Dog Can Shake Hands'' are the killers). On 1989's Transverse, he tried for singer-songwriter cyberpunk that succeeded primarily on the disc's earthiest tune, ''Splendid Isolation.'' Go ahead, buy. He can use the dough. But save some cash for new music yet to come. Wanted: D+ Sentimental Hygiene: A -- Transverse City:

Originally posted May 09, 2003 Published in issue #709 May 09, 2003 Order article reprints