By Alanna Nash
Updated February 02, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Paradise is a funky blend of honky-tonk, blues, and outlaw rock finds John Anderson at the peak of his expressive form. With a barn-burner set of tunes (and guest spots by Mark Knopfler and Levon Helm), Paradise smartly veers from ”My Kind of Crazy,” a big rhythm number with the insouciance of his classic ”Swingin’,” to the jazz-blues of ”Bad Weather.” A joy.