Sentimental Hygiene

Sentimental Hygiene

by Warren ZevonWarren Zevon
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After a rather well-publicized fall off the wagon following the release of The Envoy, Warren Zevon went five years without releasing an album, but his time in the woodshed seemed to have done him good, as Sentimental Hygiene was his strongest album since Warren Zevon in 1976. While a few members of the L.A. Mellow Mafia (David Lindley, Waddy Wachtel, Don Henley) made cameo appearances on the album, for most of the sessions Zevon worked with Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry of R.E.M., who were about a year away from their mainstream commercial breakthrough; they made for a solid, no-nonsense rhythm section, and gave the music a passionate, forceful backbone that was largely absent from The Envoy (not to mention rocking harder than one might expect from the kings of jangle pop). Zevon put his newly muscular sound to good use; the songs on Sentimental Hygiene are Warren Zevon at his flintiest, as he indulges in his usual obsessions with machismo ("Boom Boom Mancini") and bad love (the title cut) while also exploring the media's skewed perspective on his addiction problems ("Detox Mansion," "Trouble Waiting to Happen"), his disgust with the music business ("Even a Dog Can Shake Hands"), and errors in both personal and political judgement ("Bad Karma," "Leave My Monkey Alone"). And Zevon scored three inspired musical guest shots on the album -- Neil Young, whose jagged guitar runs embroider the title cut; Bob Dylan, whose howling harmonica is the ideal punctuation for the Springsteen-gone-psychotic "The Factory"; and George Clinton, who adds a bed of menacing funk to "Leave My Monkey Alone." Sentimental Hygiene proved that Warren Zevon was still an artist to be reckoned with, and that which didn't kill him had only made him stronger (and more bitterly funny).

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2003
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724358062120
catalogNumber: 80621
Rank: 5357

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Emulator
Bob Dylan   Harmonica
Don Henley   Harmony
David Lindley   Lap Steel Guitar
Jennifer Warnes   Harmony
Neil Young   Guitar
Jorge Calderon   Bass,Harmony
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Brian Setzer   Guitar
Peter Buck   Guitar
Craig Krampf   Drums
Tony Levin   Bass
Stan Lynch   Harmony
Mike Mills   Bass
Michael Stipe   Harmony
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Berry   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass
Amp Fiddler   Keyboards
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Blackbyrd McKnight   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jorge Calderon   Composer
Bryan Bell   Programming
Niko Bolas   Arranger,Producer
Peter Buck   Composer
George Clinton   Arranger
Larry Ferguson   Arranger
Andrew Slater   Producer
J.D. Souther   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Warren Zevon   Composer,Producer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Margo Chase   Art Direction
Paul Jamieson   Drum Technician
William Alexander   Programming
Joyce Ravid   Inlay Photography

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