Warren Zevon is dying of cancer, and everyone knows it.

Warren Zevon is dying of cancer, and everyone knows it. "The Wind" is an intimate insight into that most personal of experiences and an Andy Kaufman-like jab at the Grim Reaper. Would you expect anything less from a guy who has made a career out of Jolly Roger humor and sleight-of-hand quintessence? "Some days I feel like my shadow's casting me," sings Zevon in the country-kick opener "Dirty Life and Times," and it is typical of the laser-like poetry of this album. There are heart-rending ballads ("She's Too Good for Me," "Keep Me in Your Heart"), a savagely satirical rocker ("Disorder in the House") and a poignant version of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (with Zevon shouting "Open up! Open up!"). Guests, including Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne, help out on this soul-bearing masterpiece. "The Wind" hangs like a Picasso in a world of finger painting.—AZ

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