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Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, December 27, 2002, Music

Warren Zevon

Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon (Elektra) While there has been a previous best-of collection and an anthology of Warren Zevon's work, Genius is a final roundup of sorts now that the rascally songwriter has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It has all the hits, yet still includes a tangy taste of just how far a singer-songwriter can venture into the netherworld. Genius includes the cover of Prince's "Raspberry Beret" by the Hindu Love Gods, which was Zevon backed by R.E.M.

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