By Mark Bautz
Updated June 29, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years

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This scruffy troubadour is best known for his lyrical depictions of lowlife malaise. But the surprise on this 23-song collection from his seven Island albums (spanning ?83 to ?93) is the genius of the music. Using calliopes, Balinese metal angklungs, accordion, banjo, mellotron, and more, this Dylan of the disconsolate has created what is arguably the decade?s most compelling and original body of work.

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