Music Review: Warren Zevon’s ‘Excitable Boy’ Is Worth Getting Excited About

Warren Zevon's Excitable Boy

Writing in Rolling Stone, critic Paul Nelson recently called Warren Zevon one of the three best rock artists to appear in the seventies. I wouldn’t go that far, but I do like this album a lot. Dominated by Zevon’s slightly crazed, extremely intense personality, its songs manage to be simultaneously funny, absurd, and affecting. Witness the dynamic title cut as well as the current single, “Werewolves of London” (an out-of-left-field hit if ever there was one). For the superb rhythm instrumentation, credit the Section, Fleetwood Mac, and Linda Ronstadt’s band. For the sparkling production, thank Zevon admirer Jackson Browne.

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