Jordan Zevon: Insides Out (New West/Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Jordan Zevon: This Girl
Jordan Zevon: Insides Out (New West/Elite)

This album isn't here because this is the 27-year old son of the later Warren (although the surname did attract attention to it) but because it is so . . .

Well, if you know his dad's stuff this is surprising.

There's nothing to say Jordan should have followed his dad's path (Warren was famously Mr Bad Example we should remind ourselves). But this surprises because it seems so rooted in British new wave and power-pop with touches of shimmery US bands like the Shoes, Posies, Gin Blossoms and the like.

There's a smidgen of his dad's cynicism and style on his own American Standard, and he covers Warren's previously unreleased Studebaker which appeared on the postumous Preludes collection.

Mix all that and you have an album that Matthew Sweet fans might feel at home with. This is actually an expanded version of his earlier EP but with the post-Beatles pop-rock manoeuvres and pop balladry it is an album that sounds just fine blasting out of your car radio.

The world won't shift on its axis, but your drive will be more interesting.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks... > Read more

Various Artists: How is the Air Up There? (Frenzy/RPM)

Various Artists: How is the Air Up There? (Frenzy/RPM)

Given how assiduously Grant Gillanders has been compiling New Zealand pop and rock from the Sixties – at least a dozen, probably closer to two, CDs – you'd think the well would be... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LORRAINE CROSBY: To Hell, and back to the bingo halls

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LORRAINE CROSBY: To Hell, and back to the bingo halls

When Simon Cowell kicked Lorraine Crosby off the second round of the UK X Factor competition in 2005 saying she lacked “star quality”, he may well have been right. But she could... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE BEVIS FROND: Scuz me while we kiss this guy

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE BEVIS FROND: Scuz me while we kiss this guy

For a man with his name on almost 30 albums in the past three decades, you'd think the name Nick Saloman would be pretty well known. Okay, the albums all come under his band's name, but even... > Read more