The review featured with this album is obviously written by a man that does not appreciate the depth and complexity of this music. This album is a huge jump from earlier Dead material - we hear Jerry at his crispist & cleanest & it is a work of art. I'm very familiar with all the Dead material, both live and studio. I am also sympathetic to the arguement that the live tunes have an energy that is not always reflected in the studio tunes. However, there is a precision that is captured on a some of the studio albums that is remarkable and should not be missed under any circumstances.
Blues for Allah is one of the albums that define why the Grateful Dead, and Jerry Garcia in particular, are legends in the music world. The guitar licks, keyboards, vocals, percussion, bass, everything, is clean and cool and crisp and absolutely beautiful. After nearly 20 years of listening to Grateful Dead music, this album still brings smiles to my face and dances to my body.
The only tune I don't like is the last - and title - tune. Its a bit too strange for my tastes. However, Franklin's Tower and The Music Never Stopped are pure joy, and the tracks in between never fail to satisfy me.
This album is a necessity and wonderful. Enjoy!