Everything that was ever good about Warren Zevon’s songcrafting—his lacerating wit, his disarmingly effective melodicism, his boundless originality—is embodied in this latest effort, his 10th in a brilliant, colorful career spanning three decades. Like all Zevon outings, My Ride’s Here generously features the artist’s famous friends. Only this time, rather than musicians, it’s authors and poets who take the spotlight (in the form of co-writing credits): Hunter S. Thompson, Mitch Albom, Paul Muldoon, Carl Hiaasen.
In addition, Zevon buddy David Letterman—along with members of his Late Night band—makes a cameo on the hilarious “Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song).” Highlights include the Hiaasen collaboration, “Basket Case”; the Celtic-flavored “Macgillycuddy’s Reeks”; the Serge Gainsbourg cover, “Laissez-Moi Tranquille”; and the title track, a meditation on death in the vein of such Zevon gems as “Things
to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.”
A devilishly fun ride.—PV