Off of a fresh listening from the purchase of the 20th anniversary edition on vinyl this album continues to stand the test of time. A comeback of sorts for the Nobel Prize winning poet, Time Out Of Mind harkens back to days when the recording had a natural “depth” to the music being played. Dylan’s older and gravely vocal style fits perfectly in these songs. Bitter blues songs about failed love and prison escape combined with slow, mood-filling rhythms makes this album a great road trip listen. In my humble opinion this is the last GREAT Dylan album…but then again he isn’t dead yet.
Time: 73 Minutes
- Love Sick 5:21
- Dirt Road Blues 3:36
- Standing in the Doorway 7:43
- Million Miles 5:52
- Tryin’ to Get to Heaven 5:21
- ‘Til I Fell in Love with You 5:17
- Not Dark Yet 6:29
- Cold Irons Bound 7:15
- Make You Feel My Love 3:32
- Can’t Wait 5:47
- Highlands 16:31
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I do like music, and I like a wide range of genres. But these are my Top 5 albums loved by by masses but I cant understand why.
#1. White Album by The Beatles
Double-albums suck the life out of a record. What is worse than that? A double-album with extra fluff and a band that stops being a band. Paul, Paul, Paul: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Wild Honey Pie (and it’s unwild version) and of course Rocky Fuckin’ Raccoon? ZZZZZZZZZZZ. The Yoko Ono factor (influence) really starts to creep into Lennon in this album. Not all is a waste on this album. Helter Skelter is the Beatles at their finest as a rock ‘n roll outfit. Dear Prudence is awesome and I dig what George and E.C. contributed, even though we all knew what E.C. was really up to. Revolution 9 is a post-acid come down from Sgt. Peppers and a fading era.
#2. Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf
An over-baked meatloaf is tough, dry and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. This over-baked album by Meatloaf leaves the same impression. It is tough to listen to, song writing is dry & limp and hearing it played over and over and over again on the radio leaves that bad taste; this time in your ears. Certified 14X platinum1 in the U.S. someone seemed to like it, not me.
#3. Dookie by Green Day
Punk music is supposed to have attitude (Sex Pistols, Ramones), raw power (The Stooges, MC5), not giving a shit what the record sounds like (Misfits), not giving a shit at all (Dead Kennedys, Anti Nowhere League). Dookie has none of this. An over-polished pre-packaged TV dinner for white suburban teenagers. Punk music does not win Grammys, Dookie did. Case closed.
#4. Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton
Should’ve stayed in the studio…to be continued…
#5. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
A gigantic influence, but why?…to be continued…
A bombastic return for THE PREMIER modern rock power trio. I havent been this “Holy Shit” about a new album since Soundgarden’s Down on the Upside. Fueling this 428 Cobra Jet of an album is the title track of the same name. Crunching guitars, awesome drum fills, and those vocals only Stockdale can deliver, Victorious displays the rawer sound heard on the bands first album. Clocking in at a brisk 35 minutes Victorious doesn’t wait at the bus stop and is GO from track 1. This album is a prime example why a rock album should be under 45 minutes (I am looking at you “The Wall”).
Dont hesitate and add this masterpiece to your collection as soon as possible.
Time: 35 Minutes
- The Love That You Give: 2:38
- Victorious: 4:24
- Baroness: 3:15
- Pretty Peggy: 3:49
- City Lights: 3:51
- The Simple Life: 3:12
- Best of a Bad Situation: 3:07
- Gypsy Caravan: 3:34
- Happy Face: 3:31
- Eye of the Beholder: 3:59
And that video!