The two-sided album, Bringing it all back home by folk singer Bob Dylan cleverly mixes acoustic folk with rock n roll blues to make for a killer album any fan would be proud of. The album was released in 1965 by Columbia records and is Bob Dylan’s fifth studio album. Robert Zimmerman, more commonly known for his stage name Bob Dylan takes on a minimalist approach to folk music up until the point of this album. His lyrics show his complete lack for what people think of him, even being labelled as a communist for speaking out against the American government at the time. This album is liberal and not for the faint hearted, although the album is very different from previous albums such as The times they are a changing and A freewheelin Bob Dylan which were softer, more acoustic and contained lyrics which were thoughtful and more personal. He now gets down and dirty with faster lyrics, an electric guitar and less personal story telling. The first track on the album, Subterranean homesick blues is one of Bob’s fastest tracks. He almost raps through the song about his withdrawal from the protest movement in the 1960’s and instead uses the song to mock it. One has to laugh at the line, “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” which completely epitomises what Bob Dylan was trying to do with the song. While the majority of the tracks are pure lyrical genius and can be played over and over again, songs like Outlaw Blues and On the road Again stand out as the more mediocre of the set, with less appealing lyrical content. The most famous song on the CD has got to be Mr Tambourine man which was made even more famous by The Byrds in 1965. Other tracks keep the theme of liberal protest going such as Gates of Eden which seems to speak about the loss of innocence in society referring to war and hopelessness in the lyrics. The track, Bob Dylan’s 115th dream reinstates the way Bob does not care what people think but not cutting the laughter we hear at the beginning of the song in studio but rather leaving it in an attempt to possibly engage with is audience more, one which was turning against him for not being a pure folk singer anymore.  The album is well rounded and easy to listen to. It is a definite must for any fan and even those who aren’t fans will be able to appreciate the cynicism and genius of every individual song.  One must simply remember that during this time in history, ‘the times they were a changing’ and this album tells that story.

 

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