Bob Dylan again. Okay, I do not mind Dylan being repeated. I am excited to listen to Blonde on Blonde. I am not sure if anything will surpass The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, but I can hope. To be honest, he has not had a disappointing album yet. But it has happened even with some of my favourite artist.
“Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35” is the Dylan that I love to listen to because he has his sense of humour. This is the most New Orleans Mardi Gras sounding song I have ever heard that is not from New Orleans. This is a fun tune. I love the playful way he uses getting stoned. Biblical and he was “getting stoned” by fans of his folk music for changing to rock.
“Visions of Johanna” is an epic song at 7.5 minutes. I am not sure exactly what it is about at the moment. It seems like he is with Louise and thinking of Johanna. That makes sense to me. People are always rotating past loves in their mind.
How is it possible that a song can make you dance and feel so sad? “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” has that power. His voice has often been made fun of, but I think that is part of his charm. Only he can sing this in that way it was meant to be sung and give you that feeling it was meant to give you.
If you wonder about Dylan’s influence just think about the fact that “I Want You” has been translated into Icelandic, Portuguese, Dutch and French and has been recorded by a lot of other artists.
I misread this song title at first: “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again“. I thought it meant a mobile as in a handy phone. I thought he was shrunk like in Honey I Shrunk The Kids.
“Just Like a Woman” is a beautiful song to his woman. You can hear the love in Dylan’s voice. It has been labeled as misogynistic, but I think it is clearly about a women who acts childlike or just at the age of adulthood. People want to complain about art, music, films, tv series and everything. The world is filled with a bunch of whiners who hate everything good.
This album is filled with surprises like “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine“. I think this song is the father of many pop songs. I cannot put my finger on it, but this song reminds me of a lot of songs.
In “4th Time Around” Dylan writes to my constant feeling that nobody is listening to me.
When she said, “Don’t waste your words, they’re just lies, “
I cried she was deaf.
And she worked on my face until breaking my eyes,
Then said, “What else you got left?”
It was then that I got up to leave
But she said, “Don’t forget,
Everybody must give something back
For something they get.”
I had maybe two friends in my whole life that I thought really listened to me, but as it turned out I had none. I was alone in the rooms filled with the sounds of others and their many different friends and lovers. This is what goes in and out and the things that are never said that makes me silently shout.
“Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” closes the album on somber note, but it is a perfect way to end a Dylan album. This is an amazing album from Dylan. He did it again. His other albums were great, but they were missing something to make them amazing or masterpieces. He has a way to make you feel the feelings you were not aware you were feeling in that moment.
This is considered possibly the first double album, but he could have left off a couple songs that I did not write about and made it one perfect album. And those songs were okay, but not up to the par of this album. 9.5/10.