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Just as good, if not better, than 'Blood on the Tracks',
By A Customer
This review is from: Desire (Audio CD)
I came to listen to 'Desire' with no previous knowledge of Bob
Dylan's music. Of course, I had heard of him and was aware that he had written a number of classic songs, but I had never heard his music.
Anyway, 'Desire' is now one of the best albums in my collection, and is unfairly overshadowed by 1975's 'Blood on the Tracks', the second Dylan album I heard.
'Desire' features some original violin from Scarlet Rivera, and haunting harmonies from country singer Emmylou Harris. But it is Dylan's songs that stand out. He certainly does not have the most conventional of voices, but he works around this and produces a stellar collection of songs - I wouldn't want it any other way.
"Hurricane" and "Joey" tell of gangster land and murders, both apparently true stories and both told with Dylan's opinions (he strenuously protests boxer Hurricane Carter's innocence after he was accused of a triple murder back in the 1960s) in mind. "Mozambique" and "Oh, Sister" are both highly pleasant songs and highlights, but they aren't as powerful or immediately awe-inspiring as the rest of the material.
"One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)" is haunting and sounds mildly Eastern, with great harmonies from Emmylou Harris. "Black Diamond Bay" is upbeat and breathlessly tells a story set in Greece, while the Latin-flavoured "Romance in Durango" shows how diverse Bob Dylan can be.
"Isis" is a major highlight of the record, with some mystical imagery and a lingering melody. Finally, "Sara" features some of Dylan's most tuneful vocals and is a heartfelt ode to his wife, whom he separated before the making of 'Desire'. The album also carries a gypsy vibe, in part thanks to the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975, a travelling medicine show with a number of highly regarded musicians including Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.
'Desire' is certainly one of Bob Dylan's greatest records and just as good, if not better, than 'Blood on the Tracks'.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2009 02:15:11 GMT
Michael Nicholl says:
As a huge Dylan fan, I am so glad to hear someone else thinks he has released better albums than Blood on The Tracks. Don't get me wrong, Blood on the Tracks is up there with his best, but it seems to me that one really must cite that album as his best simply because it is expected. As Hurricane was my first real introduction to the genius that is Bob Dylan, I always tend to lean towards Desire as being possibly his best ever release, although Bringing It All Back Home gives it a good run for its money, but maybe that is because that was my first Dylan purchase.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2010 14:24:09 GMT
Zissimos Philippou says:
Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited and Blood on the Tracks are Dylan's 3 finest efforts!!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2012 12:23:37 BDT
L J Thomson says:
Desire is one of his worst albums.
Posted on 14 Jul 2013 00:01:01 BDT
Hurricane is my all time favourite Dylan track. I never tire of hearing it. Great album. Nice review.
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