Friday, October 12, 2007

Dylan's music and Christianity

And how Christianity effected his music.
Bringing this up because of the reference to Dylan in the 'perfected Jews' explanation, which is the post previous to this.

The common idea that when Dylan converted to Christianity his music started to suck isn't completely true in my opinion. After a slow start his Christian oriented sound got more sophisticated and successful on its own terms but the sound and the style that came out of his conversion to Christianity was much different than the one he came into it with.

I think for me the change of style is more disappointing than anything. The early to mid '70s period of Dylan is amazing, the time span between "Blood on the Tracks" and "Desire" being some of his best work, if not his very best. But there's a rupture between "Desire" and the next album he released, "Street Legal". The direction he was headed in on "Desire" was beyond belief, mixing different and innovative styles of music, very complex and satisfying lyrics, and very neat arrangements (Scarlet Riviera on violin, for instance). But it all stopped somewhere between the release of "Desire" and the recording of "Street Legal". "Street Legal", which makes reference to changing horses and changing direction away from Lucifer in its first song, lacks the sort of concentrated creative energy that "Desire" had, with formats changed to resemble contemporary '70s pop rather than representing the kind of style that Dylan had been pioneering throughout his career. The complex lyrics turn into lyrical puzzles, lyrics that are complicated for their own sake making it an interesting game to decipher them rather than something where you get to some more profound insight onto life once you've figured them out.

From "Street Legal" the new style takes over, increasingly spare, stripped down. He eventually comes out of it, with "Shot of Love" being a worthwhile album to look up and the albums leading up to, including, and going immediately beyond "Oh, Mercy" being very very good.

Still, it makes you wonder what could have been produced if he'd stuck with the creative terrain that he was exploring in the early to mid '70s instead of veering off into another direction.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shut your motherfucking kike ass up bitch you dont know what your talking about this is r country n u need 2 gtfo u jew u r the nation wrecker n hitler was right we shuld gas u all