By Ken Tucker
May 09, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Three albums reissued: Zevon at his most callow, witty, and experimental, respectively. Wanted, his 1969 debut, reveals a nervy youth trying out tough-guy poses. By 1987’s Hygiene, he’d lived through his darkest fantasies and renounced their worst excesses with enormous wit and heart (”Detox Mansion” and ”Even a Dog Can Shake Hands” are the killers). On 1989’s Transverse, he tried for singer-songwriter cyberpunk that succeeded primarily on the disc’s earthiest tune, ”Splendid Isolation.” Go ahead, buy. He can use the dough. But save some cash for new music yet to come. Wanted: D+ Sentimental Hygiene: A — Transverse City: