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Dylan. As good as you'll find him.,
This review is from: Saved (Audio CD)
What do you need to know?
Should I bolster Dylan's incredible reputation as an incredible songwriter? Should I tell you that he wrote a Christian rock album based on his own genuine faith at the time? Will you buy the album if I tell you it is among my favorite Christian albums, along with Phil Keaggy's (great guitarist with a Paul McCartney voice) and Larry Norman's (singer-songwriter with a folk-blues flavor) groundbreaking work?
Listen to the clips. Dig the blues and black gospel influences. Groove with it. You like Dylan. Of course you do. Even critics of Christianity claim this to be among his best works. When you get into it and feel the verve of his sincerity and depth, you're bound to agree that as a Dylan fan, you have not been disappointed. You'll find he was hardly fundamentalist in his theology, but rich with a complex faith that charged that he should be living out what he was singing about. Nothing namby-pamby is going on here.
The same Dylan who wrote, "The Times They Are A-Changin" wrote every word of "Saved."
If matters of faith cause you to tremble, join the ranks of pop music fans. If spiritual questing, search for meaning and the desire to believe in something that matters in your real life is part of what makes a classic song, buy this CD.
For the less timid, dust off your family Bible and find out he's pulling much of his lyrics straight from Scripture. Check out "Slow Train Coming" or "Shot of Love" to hear more of his work in this genre. If you find out Christian rock is more than Stryper, Amy Grant and jazzed-up versions of "Amazing Grace," boldly go where Christian rock has gone before, and search the net for "In Another Land" or "Only Visiting This Planet" by Norman, or any of Keaggy's stuff.
I fully recommend this album.
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Initial post: Aug 9, 2013 3:51:38 PM PDT
Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2013 7:23:25 PM PDT
It is a solid, solid album. I'm a Dylan fan going into it, and a Christian. Just like Dylan's stuff often is, here he is unafraid to say what he thinks, no matter what the cost. When he went electric, those who wanted him to be an unplugged folkie were enraged. Most Dylan fans are open-minded enough to know "Saved" is incredible music, and some, like me, are very, very happy.
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