Album #342 – Blood On The Tracks

Album #342

If I were to choose one album that sums up Bob Dylan to me, it would be Blood on the Tracks. It is my favourite Bob Dylan album and, in my opinion, the best album he has ever made. This is because of the raw nature of the recording process, the great mix of angry love songs and story songs that leave you on the edge of your seat and some of Dylan’s best singing on record. I first heard of this album through a Behind The Music episode about the year 1975 in music. The running theme throughout the episode was the fact that this album and Springsteen’s Born to Run were two albums that returned to rock’s roots. The analogy they used was that the working man had music to cling to again as Progressive Rock was becoming bloated and superficial in the eyes of many rock fans. Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks was simple in a time of overproduced rock. The songwriting is some of the best of his career. Dylan could certainly teach a thing or two to Taylor Swift about writing love songs. From the anger in Idiot Wind to the longing in If You See Her, Say Hello to the happiness in Shelter From The Storm, Bob Dylan covers the gamut of emotion. This is something that Swift can only dream of doing. I have always wondered what it would be like if Taylor Swift dated a songwriter as good as Dylan. What kind of songs would be written to explain the other side of the story after the breakup? Blood on the Tracks is a good indication. If you ever want to find out what makes Dylan so amazing, start with Blood on the Tracks. It is an album that only comes around once in an artist’s career, if they’re lucky. Dylan certainly was and still is. Other highlights include: Tangled Up In Blue, You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Meet Me In The Morning, Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts (Dylan’s best story song, next to Hurricane) and Buckets of Rain. Overall, I give Blood on the Tracks, 6 out of 5.

Next: Horses by Patti Smith!!!

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