Bob Dylan has had one of the most successful careers in music. Since his first album back in 1962 he’s went on to make a further 35 albums,with all of them having a scent of a genius sprinkled all over them.
Having that many albums it’s incredibly hard to pick one favourite let alone rank them all, so with that in mind the easiest thing to do is shine a light on one album, the album being ‘Bringing it all back Home’.
Bob released the album back in early 1965 and reached No.1 and No.6 in the UK and U.S respectively. Boasting unquestionable hits like ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘Mr.Tambourin Man’ the album is undoubtedly a hit, however it’s the other songs behind these ones that make the album such a classic.
When the albums kicks off with ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ you are instantly hooked as Dylan reels of clever lyrics with ease while sticking to the upbeat tempo, you’re left lying back in awe of Dylan’s well rounded song writing talent.
‘She belongs to me’ and ‘Maggie’s Farm’ follows and although they may not have the tempo or start quality of ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ they both have a very high standard, which Dylan has become accustomed to hitting so many times.
The album doesn’t have any filler songs,they all play an integral part to the album and making the specimen that it is.
“Love Minus Zero/No Limit” is one of Dylan’s many love songs and majorly underrated by many, as it offers a lot to the album. As he sings about the paradoxes of love,you are once again left blinded by talent.
As well as this there’s ‘Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream’ which ranks very highly in the album. The song revolves around the discover of America,which provides a perfect backdrop for Dylan to tell untrue tales that excite the mind.
The album continues to keep you interested due the in depth lyrical work behind every song, as well as the diverse work that Dylan can compose on the acoustic guitar.
The lyrical masterpiece comes as soon as “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” hits, which is one of Dylan’s most ambitious song due to the length and the carefully crafted lyrical work on show. The song has a bagful of lyrics that could inspire anybody, as they all deal with capitalism and how cynical the World really is. Take your pick from the lyrics with all these to choose from;
“He not busy being born / Is busy dying”; “It’s easy to see without looking too far / That not much is really sacred”; “Even the president of the United States / Sometimes must have to stand naked”; “Money doesn’t talk, it swears”; “If my thought-dreams could be seen / They’d probably put my head in a guillotine.”
Songwriters would kill for a few of these words let alone the whole line.
“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” wraps the whole album up, and it encapsulates a break up perfectly, with its sad undertone as Dylan preaches you to take what you need and leave. A perfect way to end an album without doubt.
If you’ve heard the album then hopefully this review has done it justice, and if you haven’t this should urge you to go out and listen to it.
This album is one of Dylan’s that will stand the test of time along with many others, artists and albums will come and go but no one will ever be able to replicate what this album is and what it stands for,enjoy.