My Ride's Here

Last updated on 4 November 2017

My Ride's Here is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on May 7, 2002, by Artemis Records. Zevon described it as "a meditation on death"; it was released several months before Zevon was diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma.

My Ride's Here finds Zevon collaborating with a number of writers from outside the world of music - not the first time, on The Envoy he co-wrote "The Overdraft" with novelist Tom McGuane. He also covers Serge Gainsbourg's " Laissez-Moi Tranquille" which roughly translates as "leave me alone". Gainsbourg first recorded it in 1960 on the Romantique 60 EP. "I Have to Leave" was a song by Zevon's high school friend, Dan McFarland, formerly of the band Sinch.

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My Ride's Here
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Studio album by Warren Zevon
Released May 7, 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre Rock
Length 41:10
Label Artemis
Producer Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon chronology
Singles from My Ride's Here
  1. "Basket Case"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Genius"
    Released: 2002

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Mark Deming of AllMusic rated My Ride's Here two out of five stars. He stated that "the jokes tend to be a bit obvious", and that "the more introspective moments don't connect the way one might hope". However, he said that some of the tracks "are strong enough to remind listeners of just how talented Zevon still is". He concluded by saying that the album "is a misfire from an artist capable of much better work."[1] Robert Christgau rated the album an A-, stating that Zevon was "at his best in the fictional-mythic mode that prevails". However, he said that he was "not above touring acoustic to shore up his collateral".[2]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sacrificial Lambs" Larry Klein, Warren Zevon 3:55
2. "Basket Case" Carl Hiaasen, Zevon 3:37
3. "Lord Byron's Luggage" Zevon 4:35
4. "Macgillycuddy's Reeks" Paul Muldoon, Zevon 3:04
5. "You're a Whole Different Person When You're Scared" Hunter S. Thompson, Zevon 5:14
6. "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)" Mitch Albom, Zevon 5:26
7. "Genius" Larry Klein, Zevon 5:01
8. "Laissez-Moi Tranquille" Serge Gainsbourg 3:32
9. "I Have to Leave" Dan McFarland 3:05
10. "My Ride's Here" Paul Muldoon, Zevon 3:41

Personnel

Production

  • Warren Zevon – producer, mixing, arranger
  • Engineers: Michael Delugg – engineer
  • Harvey Goldberg – engineer
  • Klint Macro – engineer
  • Will Schillinger – engineer
  • Noah Scot Snyder – engineer, mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Michael Krumper – A&R
  • Henry Diltz – photography

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
2002 Top Independent Albums 22

References

  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark (2002-05-07). "My Ride's Here – Warren Zevon". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Warren Zevon". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "Warren Zevon: My Ride's Here : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". RollingStone.com. 2008-10-13. Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2012-08-29.

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