Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks - Review
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Well, his spell at Asylum Records didn’t last too long – he was straight back to Columbia after just 1 year away, and “Blood On The Tracks” was a comeback in more ways than one. There’s a folk rock jangle back in the grooves and a spit back in the vocal – it’s almost like he’s the writer, arranger and conductor who’s finally back in full control of the orchestra. Most of the lyrics on the album revolve around heartache, anger, and loneliness and the songs that make up the LP are seen by most Dylan biographers as having been inspired by his personal turmoil at the time, particularly his separation from his then-wife Sara Dylan. Told of the album’s lasting popularity, Dylan was later to say (in a radio interview by Mary Travers): “A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It’s hard for me to relate to that. I mean, it, you know, people enjoying that type of pain, you know?” When speaking as to how the album seems to speak of the artist’s own personal pain, Dylan replied that he didn’t write “confessional songs”. Autobiographical or not, the passion on display here lifts Dylan back up where he should be – creating brilliant, affecting music…

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