"Blood on the Tracks" Album Review

Alpha101
I was never really a big Bob Dylan fan. Sure, I liked his hits such as "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," etc., but everything changed whenever I heard this album. This really got me into listening to Dylan, and folk music in general. It's one of the most personal and gut wrenching albums I've ever heard in my life. You can easily picture Dylan trying to hold back tears as he writes a few of these songs. While most of them are happy, a few of them, while they don't sound sad, contain kind of emotional lyrics. Let's get this review over with. I'm extremely tired. That's why I'm only reviewing my favorite songs on the album. Might edit it later, I dunno. I am lazy, after all.

"Tangled Up In Blue" is among some of Dylan's best works. It's chorus is very recognizable among folk fans, and the lyrics are pretty well written, and Dylan's voice is enchanting.

"You're a Big Girl Now" is my favorite song not only off of the album, but by Dylan himself. I can tell it's pretty personal to him. Whenever I hear him moan, "Ohhhh," I get goosebumps, and have to hold back tears. It's one of the best songs I've ever heard, and everyone who claims that they love Dylan should hear this song at least once.

"Idiot Wind" is a very funny, but very good song. "It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves," is one of my favorite lines in music. The song's pretty serious until it gets to the chorus, which is my favorite part.

"Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts" is another stand out track. I love to sing along when Dylan sings out the words "Then he moved into the corner, face down like the Jack of Hearts!"

"Shelter From the Song" is my second favorite off of the album. It's actually the first Dylan song that I ever heard, but I still never really got into Dylan until I started listening to his hits. So, feeling nostalgic, when I saw that this song was on the album, I bought it. It's been so long since I've heard the song, so whenever I heard it again, I felt fantastic. It's a very well written song, and it's one of my favorite songs.

Overall, this is one of the best albums I've been privileged to listen to. If you are trying to get into Dylan, this will definitely do the trick.

9.6/10 - Great Album

Comments

I assume you've heard Highway 61 Revisited and Freewheelin' Bob Dylan? Those are my favourites. - PetSounds

Highway 61 used to be my favoite, but then this album really grew on me and now it's not only my favorite dylan but my favorite album ever - RecklessGreed

Glad I found this review. Probably my favorite album. You summed up the songs you picked very well. I find the album captivating as a whole and each song a stand-out in its own way. I, too, appreciate his performance of You're A Big Girl and the pain underscored in his groan. - Billyv

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