Richard Magee

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The Wind ~ Warren Zevon
The Wind ~ Warren Zevon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zevon's place in music, June 23 2004
I must take issue with The Nemean Lion Of Herculean Bitterness' review, although he is certainly entitled to his opinion. Zevon certainly was on the fringes of the music world, but that does not make his body of work an less remarkable. Listen to LIFE WILL KILL YA, MY RIDE'S HERE, and EXCITABLE BOY and tell me that this man wasn't a lyrical and vocal genius. While some people may feel squeamish about Zevon's openly confronting his impending death, I admire the courage it took him to persevere and make this album. Songs such as "Please Stay," "Keep Me in Your Heart," and "Prison Grove" hold their own against many of his other classic performances. By the way, Mr. Zevon actually died of… Read more
Whats Wrong W/This Picture? ~ Van Morrison
This isn't as bad as the garbage tracks Morrison did to get out of his Bang recording contract (nothing like "Ringworm" in this collection), but this is not even a mediocre Van release. I like most of his releases, even COMMON ONE, INARTICULATE SPEECH, and BEAUTIFUL VISION. Here, Van just seems commited to getting the "product" out on time. DOWN THE ROAD was much stronger, and DAYS LIKE THIS.
Derailed by James Siegel
Derailed by James Siegel
3.0 out of 5 stars Derailed indeed, June 11 2004
DERAILED is a very fun, quick-read page-turner. The main characters are well-drawn and the writing is crisp. What "derails" this novel is the use of some stereotyped characters and the use of an implausible device to turn the conflict towards the climax. Nonetheless, this is a fine first novel and one I enjoyed, except for when I was wincing at the use of the aforementioned stereotyping and implausible device.