This 1983 release is the twenty second studio album from sixties icon Bob Dylan. It was his first album of not overtly religious music since 1979's Street Legal, though there are still religious overtones to the music as Dylan explores faith in general, and what it means to have faith in a secular world.
The album opens with the impressive `Jokerman', easily the best and the best known track on the album. It is an untypically subtle track in which Dylan speaks to people too concerned with the superficial. With a slick and powerful backing and some of Dylan's best and most committed vocals for several years, it is a classic track. Following this powerful opener, the rest of the album doesn't quite live up. It's well produced and sounds good, and Dylan's voice is on form, but the songwriting isn't up to par and nothing really memorable results. It's OK, and nothing more than that.
The presence of Mark Knopfler in the producer's chair and on guitars lends a polished, professional air to the record. And sitting in between `Shot of Love' and the execrable `Empire Burlesque' helps this album shine a little more. But compared to greats such as `Highway 61' or `Oh Mercy', this is a 3 star effort at best.