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An album by Bob Dylan

Dylan shows an unlikely innocence and a greater sense of the world around him on this 1976 follow-up to the more cynical and introspectiveBlood on the Tracks. Working with lyricist Jacques Levy, Dylan offers a work with rougher edges and greater urgency … see full wiki

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Not So Desireable

  • May 7, 2003
Sorry, I just do not care for this Desire CD by Bob Dylan. Whereas I have learned to aprpeciate some of his classic works and his recent gem Love and Theft, this one just leaves me cold.

Many of these songs have a way too similar sound. Scarlet Rivera's violin is way too front and center in the mix throughout nearly every moment of the nine songs. On a few songs the violin is OK but after a while I would rather have a change of instrumental definition. Also Emylou Harris's vocals are overused. She sings in the same style on each cut that she appears. More of an emphasis on the guitars or pianos would hae been appreciated. Romance In Durango alters the sound slightly with the presence of accordions. However melody wise, its nothing special.

Weak melodies also hamper such long winded tunes as Joey, Isis, and Black Diamond Bay. Gosh, that Joey number is over eleven minutes long and drags at such a snail like pace.

One highlight of this CD is the last tune Sara. I very beautiful song written about Dylan's ex-wife. The melody is indeed very focused. Mozambique is also a charming tune that clocks in at a reasonable three minutes. Hurricane is fairly captivating in spite of its eight and half minute length.

In spite of a few good moments, Desire falls a bit short of several of Bob Dylan's better CD's. Seek out Highway 61, Nashville Skyline, and Blonde On Blonde instead.

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Label: Sony
Artist: Bob Dylan
Release Date: October 25, 1990

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