My Ride's Here

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My Ride's Here
Warren Zevon - My Ride's Here.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 7, 2002
Recorded2001
GenreRock
Length41:10
LabelArtemis
ProducerWarren Zevon
Warren Zevon chronology
Life'll Kill Ya
(2000)
My Ride's Here
(2002)
Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon
(2002)
Singles from My Ride's Here
  1. "Basket Case"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Genius"
    Released: 2002

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.

On My Ride's Here, Zevon collaborated with a number of writers from outside the world of music. The song "Basket Case" features in Carl Hiassen's novel of the same name. 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 written by Zevon's high school friend, Dan McFarland, formerly of the band Sinch.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 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[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sacrificial Lambs"Larry Klein, Warren Zevon3:55
2."Basket Case"Carl Hiaasen, Zevon3:37
3."Lord Byron's Luggage"Zevon4:35
4."Macgillycuddy's Reeks"Paul Muldoon, Zevon3:04
5."You're a Whole Different Person When You're Scared"Hunter S. Thompson, Zevon5:14
6."Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)"Mitch Albom, Zevon5:26
7."Genius"Larry Klein, Zevon5:01
8."Laissez-Moi Tranquille"Serge Gainsbourg3:32
9."I Have to Leave"Dan McFarland3:05
10."My Ride's Here"Paul Muldoon, Zevon3:41

Personnel[edit]

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[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2002 Top Independent Albums 22

References[edit]

  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.