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"Uh Oh..Mr Blues is boring is back.."
on 17 August 2012
"The blues is boring" states Mr. Egan in his review of "Blonde On Blonde"
This exact same sentence appears in his woeful look at Hendrix's output. One would have thought that some 10 years later he would have garnered some appreciation for the true musical form of the 20th century, but alas no.
Anyone who can make this absurd assertion in regard to these two giants is clearly tin-eared. Neither Hendrix or Dylan would have been the artists they were without the blues, and to dismiss this music as boring because it "repeats the same 12 bar pattern and the same 3 chords" (I paraphrase) should hand in their (undeserved) record reviewers badge.
Egan's prejudice is obviously geared toward white, middle-class art-rock. That's why he targets the same three LPs that every other bog standard rock crit does as Dylan's greatest. ("Bringing It All Back Home", "Highway 61" and "Blonde On Blonde") and even then he dismisses the more obviosly blues influenced tracks. His lack of musical insight shines like a beacon when he fobs "Pledging My Time" off as a standard 12 bar blues, when it plainly is an eight bar blues, and sorry Sean, not boring at all.
Beside all that, his biggest blunder is to decry possibly Dylan's greatest song of all, "Boots Of Spanish Leather" as "dull"
One would hope that Egan avoids music he can't understand in future. (God only knows what that would leave...Oasis?)