Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"I pay in blood but not my own"

No one would ever mistake me for a music critic, or even a Dylanologist, but having listened to Bob Dylan's 35th studio album my gut reaction is that it's easily his best album since 1997's Time Out of Mind. The lyrics--by far the darkest, most violent of his career--are chilling. And yes, he penned a fourteen minute song about the Titanic, including references to Leonardo DiCaprio. It's pretty great but my initial favorites are "Pay in Blood," "Soon After Midnight," "Scarlet Town," and the Lennon tribute "Roll on John."

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