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World Gone Wrong

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME
  • ASIN: B0015RCUSW
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With his songwriting muse on pause, Bob Dylan spent the mid-'90s recording old folk and blues standards with just himself, a harmonica, and an acoustic guitar. Good As I Been to You was the first effort. For the follow-up, World Gone Wrong, he went even further into the dark night of the soul. His voice aged by road-weary experience and informed by lifelong insight delivers just the right pathos to these tales of lost love and existential blight. Tom Paley, one of the original New Lost City Ramblers, popularized "Love Henry," a symbolic tale of a businessman who loses his soul traveling through the halls of corruption. Dylan delivers it as a funeral march and surrounds it with songs of similar sentiment. A modern acoustic blues classic. --Rob O'Connor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Aside from the astonishing cover art and photography adorning the liner notes, the power of Dylan's performance here cannot be overstated. Wholly deserving of the 1993 Grammy Award it garnered for Best Traditional Folk Album, the album's austere minimalism makes for as vulnerable an album as Dylan has allowed since Blood on the Tracks (listen for the tapping of Bob's shoe on track 3, for instance). Some critics pan "World Gone Wrong" as yet another morbid example of Dylan's inability to catch up with the times. Yet an attempt at updating his sound is exactly what nearly destroyed his career as he released one unfocused album after another throughout the late '70s and '80s. He's damned if he tries and damned if he doesn't. It seems that Dylan's enormous reputation and many musical masks have polarized his audience, groups of which subscribe to specific and stultifying expectations of what kind of sound Dylan ought to deliver. Yet "World Gone Wrong" further illustrates that the best Dylan records are the ones he records for himself. It is a lonely, paranoid, occasionally brooding and sincere recording, fraught with masterful finger-picking (Ragged & Dirty, Broke Down Engine), some rollicking harmonica (Stackalee) and an absolutely heart-wrenching interpretation of the traditional classic, "Two Soldiers," a rendition that has accompanied me during some of my loneliest hours for years now. In fact, the solitude articulated with these gritty performances is so real and honest that it actually keeps you company. And that, I think, is what good art does: it makes you feel less lonely, less misunderstood. Dylan does that with this release. I can think of no higher praise.
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Buy this album. If you like the man's music and are reading this then just do it. Click your mouse over and purchase it right now. Give it a couple of listens if it doesn't just jump right down your throat immediately.

This is what it would be like to have Dylan in front of you with just an acoustic guitar, playing the songs that he wants to. It is stark and his voice is starting a downward spiral towards the growl that he's had on his last few albums, but none of that matters.

You know what a lot of people don't know? The man can play guitar! He proves it on this disc. Broke down engine has some great up beat picking that catches you by suprise. Conversely Delia is a fantastic ballad about a woman shot by a no good man and the subtle picking in that one makes it tender and beautiful along with his singing. The way he conveys the line "Delia's daddy weeped, Delia's mama moaned, wouldn't have been so bad if the poor girl died at home" is absolutely gorgeous.

Jack-A-Roe sounds like it could be right off a Gordon Lightfoot CD. A fantastic folky ballad that seems like it will end in tragedy, but doesn't.

This is a great disc from the man, not the legend. It is so personal and honest that it will blind you.
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World Gone Wrong was Bob Dylan's follow-up to the equally folk/blues-oriented album Good As I Been To You. Like its predecessor, World Gone Wrong consists exclusively of cover songs. While the lack of Dylan originals is always a little disappointing, rest assured that these 10 songs have all been pretty thoroughly Dylan-ized. The words may not be his own, but he brings each song to life with subtly passionate and natural vocals, the raspy overtones of which seem to reflect and magnify the feelings behind the lyrics. These songs are noticeably darker in tone that those found on Good As I Been To You, making it a similar yet very different album, more quiet and reflective. At times, particularly in the haunting final track Lone Pilgrim, Dylan's voice softens to little more than a whisper. It's hard to speak about individual songs, though, because to me World Gone Wrong is to be judged and appreciated as a whole.

There is more than a hint of nostalgia in these songs; in fact, in their own quiet way they seem to represent a rebellion again modern society; this falls far short of becoming the sort of protest music Dylan produced in his early years, but nostalgia for a world that can never be regained is unmistakably present. Fame and fortune are given a thorough analysis herein and are declared wanting; as Dylan says in the very interesting if sometimes cryptic liner notes, when opining upon the meaning of the song Stack A Lee, "no man gains immortality thru public acclaim." I don't think Dylan really even cares how many people appreciate this album; as always, he records the music that speaks to him, not what he thinks audiences want to hear.
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By A Customer on Sept. 16 2003
Format: Audio CD
Bob has done it again, an excellent follow up to his preceeding release, Good As I Been To You. World Gone Wrong take things up a notch, his insight, interpretation, somberness, tiredness and expression silently shout and it it becomes impossible to notice them.
Ragged and Dirty, he really has a nice arrangement on this rendition, sounds like it is just that way...and Broke Down engine serves in many ways as the centerpiece for the album...not only in regard to the skill of the song but the general mood, message and temperment of the album.
This is another feather in Dylans cap and a wonderful expression of classic blues tunes.
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