Monday, October 16, 2006

Part 1 of 2 (Album Review)

Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: Blood on the Tracks
Tracks 1-6

It is truly Dylan in his finest yet darkest hour. The albums ten tracks are a story filled with heartache and isolation. Dylan was going through a divorce with his wife at the time and you can really see it bleed into his work.

The first song "Tangled Up In Blue" begins with a recap. He recalls parts of his life and how things used to be. The song has no giant chorus as the verse simply carries into the title of the song.

Simple Twist of Fate - A lament. A song filled with loneliness and confusion. Spoken in third person, Dylan evokes his feelings to the listener, asking for empathy. A brilliant song.

You're A Big Girl Now - The songs simple melody is easily background music if it weren't for the power of Dylan's voice. Best part of song is 52 seconds in where Dylan softly yells "And I'm back in the rain, oh, oh,". This song is best listened to with coffee in hand and a friend.

Idiot Wind - Dylan offers us insight to his genius wit.

"Someone's got it in for me, they're planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they'd cut it out but when they will I can only guess.

They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
I can't help it if I'm lucky"

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When I Go - Sounds like an outtake from the Freewheelin' album. Dylan displays his straightforward guitar playing which shape around his words well.

Meet Me In The Morning - Dylan plays the blues effortlessly.

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