“Desire” by Bob Dylan - album review

TJR says

Bob Dylan’s career story to date has consisted of early-60s solo excellence, mid-60s intense group brilliance, and then a string of journeyman collaborations which, somewhat predictably, have inconsistently lurched from the poor to the good. When Dylan seen Patti Smith play in ‘75 he was immediately struck by the chemistry that existed between the singer and her group, and expressed some regret that he himself hadn’t stayed with a single band. The hit-or-miss nature of his modus operandi was very much a hit with “Desire”. He has a new collaborator, playwright Jacques Levy, who co-writes 7 of the 9 and seems to help solidify a theme of sorts, almost a travelogue referencing loves, losses, heroes and villains. Musically, it could almost be said that a band o’ travelling gypsies have been employed to help convey the concept. This seasoned flavour is greatly assisted with the input from Dominic Cortese (accordion, mandolin), Emmylou Harris (background vocals) and Scarlet Rivera (violin). The end results are marvellous – rich ingredients, consistently enjoyable. “Desire” is a romantic success for cultured dreamers everywhere – and Bob Dylan’s best album since “Blonde On Blonde” away back in 1966…

The Jukebox Rebel
24-Apr-2007

A1 [08:33] 7.7.png Bob Dylan - Hurricane (Robert Zimmerman, Jacques Levy) Folk Rock / Americana
A2 [06:58] 7.4.png Bob Dylan - Isis (Robert Zimmerman, Jacques Levy) Folk Rock / Americana
A3 [03:00] 7.6.png Bob Dylan - Mozambique (Robert Zimmerman, Jacques Levy) Folk Rock / Americana
A4 [03:43] 6.6.png Bob Dylan - One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
A5 [04:05] 7.4.png Bob Dylan - Oh, Sister (Robert Zimmerman, Jacques Levy) Folk Rock / Americana
B1 [11:05] 8.7.png Bob Dylan - Joey (Robert Zimmerman, Jacques Levy) Folk Rock / Americana
B2 [05:50] 9.2.png Bob Dylan - Romance In Durango (Robert Zimmerman, Jacques Levy) Folk Rock / Americana
B3 [07:30] 8.3.png Bob Dylan - Black Diamond Bay (Robert Zimmerman, Jacques Levy) Folk Rock / Americana
B4 [05:29] 7.6.png Bob Dylan - Sara (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana




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