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Empire Burlesque

Bob Dylan Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Half very good Dylan Oct. 23 2010
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I came to Dylan late in life (after all the early stuff which is in my bones, like every other preboomer whether they know it or not) and I really freaked out on his last three or four albums, which are among his best. Since then I have been going to the back catalogue, which for me is 70's, 80's and 90's...lots to explore there!. In this treasure trove so far, my fave is Oh Mercy, produced by Daniel Lanois and released in 1989. On the strength of Amazon reviews, I bought Empire Burlesque. I have just listened to it. On first hearing, I must say I only share the general enthusiasm to a point. The first five songs (to my ears) sound like cheap electro-pop. Starting with track 6, however, the Dylan musical genius starts to shine brighter with every song, ending with a solo guitar and harmonica song (Dark Eyes) which comes as a sort of welcome anti-climax. I will be returning to these last 5 songs often, but I doubt I will listen very much again to the first five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cynical / critical Dylan Feb. 24 2010
Format:Audio CD
A selection of traditional covers reflecting Dylan's unease with the
changing culture of the early '90's

The voice is purposely " ragged " to assist in creating a resigned
but begrudged acceptance of some of the " accepted change ".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Then you Think Sept. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
I rank this as Dylan's best 80's album because he actually
sounds like he's having FUN on such buyount rockers such as
"Tight Connection To my Heart" and the assuming uptempo blues of
"Clean Cut Kid".But it is in the dramatic "Emmotionaly Yours"
and the throwback coffehouse folk of "Dark Eyes" were this album
finds it's heart.Also a Madonna sound-alike dance tune called
"When the sky Comes Falling Down" brings a more modern aspect tp
Dylans work.Don't let a few narrow-minded singer/songwriter
cultists certify your opinion of this-listen in for yourself!
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Got a Tight.... July 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first song "Tight Connection..." is worth the price. The song is actually quite logical. It's about BD's lack of satisfaction with Christianity .."I never did learn to drink that blood and to call it wine..I never did learn to hold your love, and to call it mine." Pretty logical to me. While the rest of the album is admittly not so great, this is one of my favorite Dylan songs.
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
EMPIRE BURLESQUE is a terrific album. But before I tell you my own impression, let me tell you what helped shape this impression. I use AllMusic Guide a lot, and this record is the one that's rated the highest of the 1980s, earning 4 1/2 stars out of 5, above INFIDELS (4 stars) and OH MERCY (3), and on level with TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN' as well as DESIRE. So I went in expecting a lot. A lot is what I got.

Easily the best song on this collection is the opening track, a particular favorite of mine. It has backup vocals that work, and Dylan singing some great lines on that one. The rest of this is pretty solid material, with only one dud in sight: "Something's Burning", which has never done a lot for me, but it does suit the atmosphere of the record, much like "New Pony" does on STREET-LEGAL. One of the biggest complaints with this is Dylan going contemporary in what has become a critically shunned era in this culture. It is true, Dylan's missed the boat as to what was happening on the music scene the majority of his post 1960s career, but you can't predict just what he's going to do. And its not the first attempt. The reason he hired Knopfler for SLOW TRAIN COMING was to give it a contemporary song. AllMusic cites the production as a flaw, but I don't really see why. It works for this listener, and this album is one of the his best later works. In fact, I'd say its even more solid than the critically acclaimed OH MERCY. But this, OH MERCY, and INFIDELS comprise the major releases by the shifting persona Dylan of the 1980s.

"Dark Eyes" is a good song, but doesn't deserve all the aclaim it gets. "Clean Cut Kid"'s cool, as well is "Emotionally Yours". Very solid record.

Oh, btw, I like "When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky", and even wrote a story with that title.
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