Excitable Boy (studio album) by Warren Zevon

Excitable Boy
Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 1,034th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 20 albums of 1978 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (227th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,034th)
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From 09/18/2020 18:42
During the late eighties, Excitable Boy was in heavy rotation at the pizza place in Auburn, Maine, where I worked in the kitchen after school to earn pocket cash. It might have been the only album that was universally liked by all the high school aged staff who worked in the kitchen those years. It's easy to see why we all liked it so much: the songs are snappy, the lyrics clever, the instrumentation solid. At the time "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" and "Werewolves of London" were the songs everybody knew, but upon reflection I think "Tenderness on the Block" and "Accidentally Like a Martyr" are the most lyrically mature songs here, and the ones that keep me coming back. They're also the ones that anticipate the songwriter Warren Zevon was becoming as he faced getting older and, eventually, confronted his own mortality. Overall just a very solid collection of straight-ahead rock songs.
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From 09/21/2018 05:45
One of THE best pop/rock albums of the late 70's, probably topped only by his own self-titled album from a couple years prior to this one. This album is just fantastic. Warren's vocals never sounded better and the musicianship of the backing band is top notch. Warren's lyrics are probably the best part of this release. Wonderful, bizarre images that WILL last forever in your memory. Boy, we need another Warren Zevon in our music world right now!
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From 06/13/2018 01:28
Zevon's juxtaposition of upbeat sing-song music with macabre lyrics on this album is a rare treat. There is also a poignant sincerity to the ballads that is surprising. Definitely recommend the expanded version, as "I Need A Truck" and "Tule's Blues" are hidden gems.
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From 02/11/2018 13:03
Il titolo dice già tutto: "ragazzo eccitabile" ma non solo, anche appassionato, romantico… Una versione romantica ma mai stucchevole ed anzi dura e fiera nelle atmosfere del rock degli anni settanta.
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From 05/31/2016 15:01
Warren Zevon's best album. Excitable boy, is a stunning record from an underrated artist. Shades of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits here on a great record featuring some superb tracks. Johnny strikes up the band, tenderness on the block, and, accidentally like a martyr, are all standouts. Most famous off course is the wonderful, werewolves of London, brilliant. Great quirky rock.
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From 03/18/2015 17:23
Very good album, the Jackson Browne influence is perfect
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From 10/13/2014 04:29
A Standout album & Zevon's best. Each & every track are real good to great. The one track that took me a while to really appreciate was "Nightime is the Switching Yard" but I really dig it now. Fav tracks: "Excitable Boy", "Accidently Like A Martyr", "Lawyers Guns & Money", "Johnny Strikes Up The Band" & "Tenderness On The Block". Warren's at his peak. MEZ
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From 05/04/2013 15:44
Very good end to the album. Liked the guitar on the last track.
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