New Morning Import
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By 1970, after his infamous motorcycle accident and a mess of an album called Self-Portrait, Dylan had lost his remarkable consistency, but not his talent. New Morning, a collection of songs that lacks the urgency of the singer's '60s material or the country cohesiveness of Nashville Skyline, is nonetheless rewarding in a laid-back way. Dylan, still affecting his low Johnny Cash imitation, sings strongly on the piano-heavy "Winterlude." "If Not For You and "Time Passes Slowly," which never became signature songs by any means, are two of his most underrated performances. Cocktail jazz piano and Martha Stewart's background scat-singing on "If Dogs Run Free" add to the album's experimental spirit. --Steve Knopper --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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This isn't a masterpiece or even close to Dylan's best, but it's an enjoyably eclectic effort, sort of a final bookend to the period that began with "John Wesley Harding."
A handful of these songs, including the hymn-like "Father of Night" (covered, more dramatically, by Mannfred Mann's Earth Band a year or two later), were written for a proposed but never produced stage version of "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Some others - "The Man in Me," "Time Passes Slowly," and "If Not for You" - wouldn't have been out of place on "Nashville Skyline," although Dylan's voice is rougher here (supposedly due to a cold).
"Winterlude" and the delightfully daffy, jazz-tinged "If Dogs Run Free" defy categorization, at least in Dylan's songbook, while "Day of the Locusts" is too easy to pin down. The imagery sounds a bit forced, as if Dylan is trying too hard to be Dylanesque.
The most memorable song here, to my ears, anyway, is "Sign On the Window," an intimate meditation on lost love and family life.
This is a special album and maybe that's why it is so forgotten. It is special because it is not really rock, nor popular, nor country, and calling it jazz would be a stretch. But that is what makes it so special, that it has got to be taken on its own terms. These are just great songs that last and stay with you and never sound trite or tired.
It's funny, of all the Dylan albums, I think this is my favorite. I am not really a Bob Dylan fan, as such, but I listen to him every once in a while. Freewheelin, Blonde on Blonde, and Highway 61 Revisited are probably better albums and Nashville was certainly a great album, and some of the later records are also good. In the end though, New Morning is a side of Bob Dylan that is unique to this point in his musical career. He never really sounds like this on his later albums. John Wesley Harding and Planet Waves are similar to this but release in musical content but New Dawn seems to have a certain exuberance lacking in all the others. This album has a relaxed sense of humor that is hinted at in Nashville Skyline. However, on New Morning he is not bound by the musical constraints of the recording venue and his humor is revealed touches like the scat singing and the honky tonk piano.
This may not be Dylan's best record, but it is my favorite.
On the bright side, the piano-driven "Time Passes Slowly" is wistful and evocative, and "Sign on the Window" is a forgotten masterpiece. "If Not For You" may be the album's best known track; this song and the title track show Dylan to be uncharacteristically chipper and eager to please.
The fatal flaw here is the album's inability to establish a coherent tone. Every brilliant moment threatens to be undermined by an egregious lapse in taste. This album is a must for the afficionado, a maybe for the less-committed fan, and a no for the newly converted.
Most recent customer reviews
A good album with a great sound! This album is nicely countrified with good drumming and nice melodies. "The Man In Me"; so amazing. A nice addition to the Bob catalogue.Published on April 24 2005 by Sam Wilson
sweet nessie and the good time band, there is a type of cornbread that I cook while listening to New Morning, it is called HOTWATER CORNBREAD. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Nathan E. Delman
This is a good effort at redemption from Dylan after "Self Portrait". However, it lacks the immediacy and necessity of most of his earlier work - he seems to be on cruise... Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Scott Fendley
Never rated very highly, this album is one of dylan's most nuanced.
I've been listening to it for the past thirty years or so and it consistently astounds me. Read more
This CD does contain some good tracks but is not listenable.
I find I skip tracks which is not a sign of a consistent album.
One of Bobs weaker CDs.
Martha Stewart is scat singing on "If Dogs Run Free?" I didn't know that...
Anyway, over the past 30 years, at different points in my life, this album has centered... Read more