David Browne
November 02, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Hindu Love Gods

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Giant, Reprise Records
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

Most rock jam-session albums aren’t worth more than one listen, but Hindu Love Gods — a collaboration between Warren Zevon and R.E.M. (minus artsy lead singer Michael Stipe) — finds all involved sounding loose and juiced, a crack bar band ready to take on any frat party. The country and blues remakes that dominate the album are fun to hear, if slight. But the real treats are Zevon’s whoops and growls, Bill Berry’s trashcan-style drumming, and a metallic version of Prince’s ”Raspberry Beret” that makes Graffiti Bridge sound downright New Age. B

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