Never could learn to love that list and to call it mine

What’s most amusing about TIME’s list of the worst Dylan songs is how they dismiss them with the smug facility the writers used to praise them at the time of their release: “Tight Connection to My Heart,” for example, was in 1985 “a playful bit of lovelorn apocrypha.” My beloved “Tight Connection…”  – one of his best eighties singles, with guitar fills and Dylan phrasing as rewarding as anything from the mid seventies – is many things, but not “apocrypha,” whatever that means in this context. Moreover, if the writers want to dismiss the determined innocuousness of “Wiggle Wiggle,” why ignore the leaden topicality of “Joey” or “Hurricane”? If I had my druthers, half of the boring, obnoxious Desire would make the list.

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