Revisiting Blonde on Blonde
You forget this music for a while but then
somebody mentions the album in an aside,
and you feel compelled to find it and relisten.
The voice and guitar are from other times:
when you first bought and played the record,
and when it was made. The music lurches
along, an awkward blues behind a downer song,
insistent in its misery, relentless in its drive
towards the next track, where a harmonica
cries and the backbeat is jaunty, hung
on sprightly bass and simple drums. Snare
and rimshot duet, the song rises and falls,
wrapping the whine in muffled cotton wool,
cushioning an electric guitar as it exercises
itself in a solo, low in the mix. The singer
dominates; it is his album and he is the star.
He takes himself seriously and wants you to
do the same, needs you to obviously believe.
© Rupert M Loydell
as I said, when you write something as memorable as Dylan, feel free to slag him off…Comment by Kevin McCann on 12 June, 2021 at 10:52 am
Does the author of this badly constructed, amateurish drivel expect to be taken seriously? That is the real question here.Comment by Mick Slade on 14 June, 2021 at 3:01 pm