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While Dylan's last four albums have represented good, solid work, musically they hardly represent the level of creativity, innovation or diversity of his best, such as Freewheelin, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, Nashville Skyline, Blood on the Tracks or Infidels. Sure, there are a few standouts on each, such as Life is Hard or, to a lesser extent, This Dream of You, present on the current album. But the primary identity of this album, as well as the past three, is the blues, which one suspects Dylan could produce in his sleep. And the limitation of the blues is that it's ultimately a monochromatic genre, offering only limited tones and hues, which by now are only distinguished by style or the use of different instruments. The underlying melodies or essential expression have all been heard before.
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Initial post: May 17, 2009 9:06:01 AM PDT
But when you can write convincing new blues-rock songs,in the manner of early Allman Brother's,as Dylan and gang do here("Jolene", for example),that's an amazing accomplishment.
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