Picks and Pans Review: Mutineer
You've seen Pulp Fiction? Welcome to Pulp Pop. If you're looking for darkly comic, violent songs about characters with shady backgrounds, Zevon's first studio album in four years offers the perfect soundtrack. His catchy rock tunes are populated by the sort of sinister yet intriguing types Quentin Tarantino would be proud of, from a junk-bond king on the lam in "Seminole Bingo" to a mopey Bozo in "Something Bad Happened to a Clown" to a psycho survivalist in "Rottweiler Blues."
Zevon's vignettes are even more effective because of his knack for crafting just the right melody to suit his words, whether it's driving guitar rock for a bad-boy saga like "Seminole Bingo" or a gentle guitar and synthesizer blend for "The Indifference of Heaven," a remorseful sinner's lament. None of this is much of a departure for the man who gave the world the tough-guy anthem "Lawyers, Guns & Money," but this new disc is another solid piece of work from one of rock's most dependable and underrated songwriters. (Giant)