Thursday, August 07, 2008

Album Of The Day #19: DESIRE - Bob Dylan

Title: Desire
Artist: Bob Dylan
Label: Columbia
Year: 1975
Songs: Hurricane/Isis/Mozambique/One More Cup Of Coffee*/Oh, Sister/Joey/Romance In Durango/Black Diamond Bay/Sara*
Written by: Bob Dylan & Jacques Levy, except *by Bob Dylan
This album could have been produced by Don DeVitto
Thoughts: Now, here's an album I enjoy. Most of these songs originate from word exercises with Levy and "Mozambique" is a great example of this, where they simply were toying with words to find rhymes with Mozambique, an African nation on the South-East coast. Naturally, this means that many of them turn into silly songs about nothing. "Joey", though, has to be the worst track here, since at eleven minutes on the dot, it plods along, getting annoying fast. The great highlight of the album has to be the production, I think. Each song has a striking opening, especially "Isis". I love that great piano opening that really draws you in. "Sara" is touching and a rare Dylan moment, since he hardly ever lets us into his private life on record. It's probably one of his greatest closers.
Rating: 8/10

Next up: Beach Boy Week! (No, seriously.)

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