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Hurricane finds him back in a "The Times They Are A'Changin" mood, singing a high energy protest song that just rocks along for more than eight minutes.
Isis is one of his greatest story songs, one of the few that I can think of that actually have a distinct plot. Most of his other longer songs are more rambling, like Idiot Wind or Like A Rolling Stone (though there's nothing wrong with that.)
Mozambique is an anamoly in all of rock music. A song about the pleasures of vacationing in a country that very soon after this release (if not before) was a war torn hellish place. Very up beat and lively, a great song.
One More Cup Of Coffee is quite possibly my favourite song by Dylan, it speaks to me though I don't know why. From the soft, dark acostic opening, then the thud of the bass and when Scarlet Rivera's violin finally enters the mix, I'm in heaven. Dylan's singing on this track is spectacular. His voice is high and his phrasing sounds almost Indian, or Middle Eastern and the songs lyrics further that feeling.
Oh Sister is another stand out track that I find extraordinarily gripping. There is a sublime beauty to it. From the opening strains of the violin, to the duet with EmmyLou Harris (though she sings on a lot of the tracks, it's particularily effective on this one.) I find the harmony and interplay between the harmonica and violin to be amazing. This isn't a song. It's more like a hymn. Even the lyrics could lend themselves to a Christian theme, if you beleive that we are all brothers and sisters and God is our father.Read more ›
Two of Dylan's best tracks can be found here: "Isis," which Dylan says in the live version on BIOGRAPH is a song about marriage, is a rambling piece that takes you through the tombs of the great Pharaohs and then back into a relationship with seemingly little connection. "Black Diamond Bay," is an account of an adventure gone terribly wrong as an Island sinks and recounts what is happening to various characters. Of all Dylan's story songs, these two rank high indeed in both enjoyment and artistic quality.
Elsewhere we have the two songs of heroes gone wrong. The first song, "Joey", the longest song on DESIRE, has been quite controversial. It is the retelling of the life of Joey Gallo, a famous gangster gunned down in a New York café. Many have used this song as evidence against Dylan for being hypocritical, extolling gangsters and organized crime in one song and then on "Hurricane" (to stay focused on Desire, but also much of his protest music as well) takes such a firm stand against injustice and civil evil. There are some problems with this argument. Dylan's musical background has all sorts of stories portraying criminals as heroes, such as Jesse James and Billy the Kid.Read more ›
Mozambique has a lovely melody and a lilting tropical beat, and is the only song here that exudes joy and happiness. Closest to his earlier folk style, Oh Sister is introspective, heartfelt and moving. Romance In Durango is the tragic story of an outlaw fleeing from the law but not making it and saying his farewells to his wife and child - it has a beautiful soaring Spanish chorus and a vaguely Latin flavour.
Black Diamond Bay is a powerful and intense rock ballad whilst the autobiographical Sara makes reference to Dylan's earlier song Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands; it's a flowing conversational ballad with lots of charm.
The musical and lyrical variety on Desire ensures a captivating listening experience. I think this album holds up well in Dylan's great body of work. Perhaps Desire is not one of his top 5 albums, but it remains a work of enduring value containing at least four classic songs.
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I love this record, but only give the transaction one star, because the CD advertised was supposed to be remastered. What I received showed no indication of being remastered. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Professor Head
It always suffered a bit for being the next album after Blood on the Tracks but it is a great album.Published 14 months ago by Douglas Foley
I LOVE this CD. I LOVED it when I had it on vinyl and audio tape so now that I have it on CD I still LOVE it ! - Bob Dylan is a genius!!!Published 22 months ago by Diane M Johnson
As brilliant and diverse as Dylan or anyone else could assemble. A rocking start with Hurricane turns more folky and worldly. Not a weak track..all gems. Read morePublished on March 4 2012 by highparkdave