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Can you understand my pain? Dylan’s worst songs

My picks for worst Dylan songs are failures of imagination, excuses for singing like a minotaur, or okay songs hobbled by contemptible arrangements. I could have added “Chimes of Freedom,” a Kristofferson cover with a terrified children’s choir, or “Dark … Continue reading

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Without ideas or violence: best Bob Dylan tracks and albums

Who’s the dude praising a woman’s sexy body in that godawful croak? My introduction to Robert Zimmerman was auspicious: the solo verses on the Traveling Wilburys’ “Dirty World.” Over seven hundred overdubbed acoustic guitars, a “Yakkety Yak” sax, and four … Continue reading

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Getting out of doing these things twice: Blonde on Blonde

Facts are facts: “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” remains a horror, and among the examples of malfeasance perpetuated by Forrest Gump in the mid nineties was insisting that this #2 hit is representative of Bob Dylan. Representative of his … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the shell: Ne-Yo and Bob Dylan

Ne-Yo – Non-Fiction A masochist who uses kindness like he’s baiting a mousetrap, Ne-Yo’s been around the biz long enough to start writing songs about the biz: the biz is another woman he has to fool with his nice dude … Continue reading

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It’s like my whole life never happened: 15 Dylan covers

Continuing its rollout of all things Dylan, ILM published the next set of results. Here’s my favorite Dylan covers, a few of which are recent; Craig Finn’s take on a courtly Infidels ballad dismissed as sexist a few times is … Continue reading

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Rhymin’ and stealin’: Bob Dylan’s “sort of” parlor trick

In other news: Bob Dylan steals things: When Warmuth found similarities between phrases in Chronicles and Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas’s book about the Monica Lewinsky scandal, American Rhapsody, he was dumbfounded. “Even I was thinking, ‘There’s no chance,’ but as … Continue reading

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