I had the same experience when I was growing up. I started off with "Bringing It All Back Home" and then "Highway 61 Revisited", which were both amazing. Everything I read said "Blonde On Blonde" was his true masterpiece, so I couldn't wait to get it.
What a letdown! The big difference between "Blonde On Blonde" and the two 1965 albums is that Dylan barely tries to sing on BoB. Yes, we know he doesn't have one of rock's greatest voices, but at least on the 1965 albums, we're listening to actual tunes where he is singing actual notes. Throughout BoB, he does this almost un-listenable half-talking/half-singing thing that ruins what might have been nice songs. Imagine if he'd actually sung "I Want You", "Stuck Inside of Mobile", and "Just Like A Woman" the way he sang on his previous two albums. They'd actually be classic, much-loved rock songs. But because he didn't even bother to make the effort to sing on BoB, we're left with very disappointing tracks that appeal mainly to rock critics fixated on the intellectual appeal of Dylan's lyrics.
I'm glad I found this thread, because the unanimous critical raving about this album has always puzzled me.
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