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After the youthful '60s, '75 maturity,
This review is from: Blood On The Tracks (Audio CD)
Paul Gambaccini organised one of the 1st 'best album ever' polls around 1978, and 'Blonde on Blonde' came in number 2 to Sgt Pepper, so I asked for it for Christmas when I was getting into 'the classic rock albums'. I remember the disappointment of wading through all those blues perambulations and concluding that you had to have been there to appreciate this particular genius.
A friend of my brother's brought 'Blood on the Tracks' round a bit later and played it while we were playing Risk, and suddenly I realised what the fuss was about. You can actually here a higher percentage of the lyrics here; Dylan has learned to subdue the music to his lyrical forte, and, as he says, 'every one of those lines ran true'. Opener 'Tangled Up In Blue' hooked me straight away; 'She was married when we first met / Soon to be divorced' is a masterful sublimation of deep pathos under humour.
This remains one of my favorite albums, and suits the mature listener, as a fine example of how rock can take its main lyrical preoccupation - 'romance' - and eloquently describe its failure. I've since discovered other Dylan albums, and recommand 'Bringing it all back home' over 'Blonde..', but this remains, for me, his crowning achievement. Updating this review, I can now recommend it in particular if you're separating / divorcing too 8*( .