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Editors’ Notes

Like many singer-songwriters who came of age in the ‘70s, Warren Zevon found himself touring as an “unplugged” acoustic troubadour in the ‘90s. Though his songs always benefited from the smart rock-informed arrangements presented on his studio albums, they were also literate enough to withstand the closer scrutiny of this stripped-down approach. Learning to Flinch was recorded during his 1992 World Tour and features his most loved compositions (“Werewolves of London,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” “Excitable Boy”) alongside some of his most overlooked and artistically satisfying (“The Indifference of Heaven,” “Play It All Night Long”) with just Zevon and his acoustic guitar. He neither draws out the pathos of this quieter approach nor tries to replicate the missing firepower of a backing band with straining vocals and over-strumming. Instead, he trusts the material to work its peculiar magic. “Splendid Isolation” is a spot-on tale of modern success and alienation. “Hasten Down the Wind” is Zevon at his most romantic, before his sarcasm and pragmatism became the benchmarks of his finest writing. A worthy career overview.

Customer Reviews

Overlooked excellent album

I've listened to this album for years. It's my only Warren Zevon album - I don't think I'd be able to capture the affection I have for this album if I'd round out the collection. It's never stale and always exhilarating.
I came curious to iTunes to see what others might have to say and was surprised that it appears to not be very well known. I'm writing to right that wrong:
I support Warren Zevon's Learning to Flinch, and would submit that the iTunes review is not sufficiently enthusiastic.

dan lockwood

2 thumbs up

The Great Warren Zevon Lives!

I absolutely LOVE this album. It showcases Zevon as the great songwriter he was and is must have for anyone who calls themselves a fan of music.

Biography

Born: January 24, 1947 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few of rock & roll's great misanthropes were as talented, as charming, or as committed to their cynicism as Warren Zevon. A singer and songwriter whose music often dealt with outlaws, mercenaries, sociopaths, and villains of all stripes, Zevon's lyrics displayed a keen and ready wit despite their often uncomfortable narrative circumstances, and while he could write of love and gentler emotions, he did so with the firm conviction that such stories rarely end happily. Though he frequently worked...
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