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Under The Red Sky: Bob Dylan - Unbelievable...,
This review is from: Under The Red Sky (Audio CD)
Dylan's 27th studio album, released in 1990, had many expectations and totally failed to live up to them. Dylan parted company with Danny Lanois after his previous album, the superb `Oh Mercy'. This was a mistake, and it would be 3 albums, 7 years and a reunion with Lanois before Dylan produced another worthwhile album with 1997's Time Out Of Mind.
The album has a set of rocky bluesy tunes with a very childlike air. There is a cast of guest musicians (unusually for Dylan) including Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Harrison, Elton John and Slash. These just serve to make the record feel a bit fragmented. Dylan himself sounds almost disinterested. And the songwriting is poor. There really isn't a standout song here that sticks in the mind, apart from the opener Wigge Wiggle, which sticks in the mind for all the wrong reasons.
Not quite as bad as `Good As I Been To You' in that there is not much truly bad here, just nothing at all that is particularly good. 2 stars.