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THE BAND'S FINAL MASTERPIECE.
on 20 October 2001
I love this album, although it might not have the same feeling for America's past as their self titled album, but it brims with skill, musicianship and, most of all, pure emotion. Along with the funkier rock works like 'Ophelia' and 'Forbidden Fruit' are a number of the bands most beautiful ballads - 'Hobo Jungle' is surely Richard Manuel's last great performance.'It Makes No Difference' is one of the most relevant love songs I've ever heard, clearly written with a knoweledge of the heartbreak that unfufilled love can bring. 'Acadian Driftwood' is an out and out masterpiece of songwriting showing Robbie Robertson's storytelling touch hadn't deserted him by 1975. 'Rags and Bones' is one of The Band's most underrated songs in my opinion (again complemented by Robertson's lyrical charm and, as all the songs are on this album, Garth Hudson's imaginative organ work) and a wonderful final track to what must surely add up to one of the most underrated albums of all time and a masterpiece.