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A weak outing from Bob containing a hidden treasure.
on 31 July 2001
Knocked out Loaded is a typical Bob Dylan album of the 80s; it's not very good. After Dylan's religious ramblings he had been left with little credability as an artist and would not regain any until 1989's Oh Mercy. Knocked Out Loaded is a weakly put together album of material that Dylan is far superior too. Tracks like "You Wanna Ramble" and "Driftin' Too Far From Shore" will not go down as Dylan classics, and even though "They Killed him" is much more melodic it still hits no highs. If it wasn't for "Brownsville Girl", Knocked Out Loaded would not be worth a listen. "Brownsville Girl" is a long (12 minute) story about a girl, Henry Porter and Gregory Peck; at least I think it is! Basically it's a fabulous song with excellent lyrics, for example: "If there's an original thought out there, I could use it right now." Knocked Out Loaded was one of the last Dylan albums I bought, basically because by then I wanted all of Dylan's work. Don't buy it if you're just getting in to Dylan, it'll turn you right off. Do buy it if you're a hardened Dylan fan, and know that no matter what you'll still enjoy it!