Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home


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by DesolationRow USER (80 Reviews)
January 19th, 2006 | 98 replies | 22,860 views


Release Date: 1965 | Tracklist


4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Communism has always been viewed as a terrible thing by the American public. Most of us seem to view it as a form of government that was made to take everything from the working and middle classes, to help the wealthier of society. And what Communism has become, it's pretty easy to associate evil with it. Communism is the complete practice of equality, to the point where everyone, no matter what their status in society, are completely equal in rights, money, and property with everyone else. The government had promised to be equal among their comrades, but their personal pursuit for power and happiness prevented that, to the point where they had to lie to the public and win them over through propaganda and terror/ Basic human instinct prevented Communism from ever being productive. The irony in this is that the Soviet Union rose and fell because of its own supporters. And now, Communism is viewed as a bad omen. And when Bob Dylan made his music with intentions of rising against the establishment for what he thought was right, he was impugned with attacks holding him as a Communist, because of his outspoken, political approach to folk music. What the *** is wrong with people?

Robert Zimmerman (a.k.a. Bob Dylan) is a genius. His minimalist approach to folk music is just simplistic enough to work, and his good boy voice with the cynical lyrics are what he's famous for, while he strums his guitar with a harmonica fastened to his face. On 'Bringing It All Back Home', Bob Dylan furthered his lack of regard for what people think of him. His fans loved his gentle folk and acoustic songs, so he went to blues and electric guitar and harmonica. And when his fans booed him in concerts and boycotted him, instead of giving them what they want, he gave them a warm, nice big "*** you!" and turned the electric guitar up louder. Bringing It All Back Home is a masterpiece of that attitude- Of bluesy folk songs that taste like ma's home cooking. Every song on here is worth listening to for a week. Between the harmonica solos and acoustic strumming and leading into electric foreplay, and Bob's sarcastic lyrics from his whinny voice are enough to hook you. What really captures the essence of the album, in my opinion, is Dylan's lyrics. He sings about love, he sings about hate, but instead of personal demons, Bob Dylan attacks everyone else's loves and fears. His mocking of religion (Gates of Eden) or avenging the harsh employers (Maggie's Farm) or even family (Subterranean Homesick Blues) are poetry in and of themselves. And that attitude alone is enough to hook me.

Musically, Bringing it All Back Home is dissimilar to most of Bob Dylan’s other albums. There is electric guitar, there is harmonica, and there is pessimistic vulgarity. While he was liked for the soothing acoustic guitar and thoughtful lyrics that provoke images of beauty and euphoria, Dylan gets down and dirty for a battle royal with America on this album. Nice shocker for all those quiet Dylan listeners out there. He strums his acoustic throughout the whole album, though. It wouldn’t be his music without the acoustic. But the big new addition to his music is the bluesy electric guitar with the deep delta blues harmonica technique. So how different is this album from other Dylan stuff? Pretty different, but it’s crazy enough to work and doesn’t sound like anyone else but Bob Dylan. The song structures are simplistic, and his lyrics are sardonic, but his voice and emotions further the satirical state of the album. His lyrical structures rhyme quite often and he has this nasal honk in his voice that is just a sonic hyperbole for freedom of speech. In Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream, he even starts the song in a burst of laughter, and asking for a redo. Nothing stresses the rawness of his music than hearing the man himself cracking up in the middle of a take, then using that same take as the final cut on the album.

Bringing It All Back Home is definitely not what you’d expect from Robert Zimmerman. Not to say that this album is better than Bob Dylan’s other, less atypical albums, because it’s not. It’s simply just as good as every other album he’s made. Freewheelin' is a better starting place for Dylan newbies, however. It’s a more nonchalant, typical, and less controversial side of Dylan’s music that won't piss off your conservative Republican family. In short, this album is much more aimed at liberals and nihilists than the everyday Bush supporter. But it is still a damn good album, and a fun, jingly listen, whether you share the same political views or not. Who said political music had to suck, huh? Well, maybe cynicism coming from Green Day might suck, but when Bob Dylan attacked the government, he did it in a way that would make every fan of his *** themselves. Maybe that's why it owns so hard.



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pulseczar
January 19th 2006



2385 Comments


bravo Ent, good to have you back :cool:

Med57
Moderator
January 19th 2006



1001 Comments


Ent, you've misunderstood Communism quite a bit, judging by your first paragraph. Not that it really matters, but quite a bit of what you said just ain't right. Very good review though, that excepted. I love this album...one of Dylan's finest, and Subterranean Homesick Blues is a ludicrously good song.

NuMetalMania
January 19th 2006



325 Comments


Everyone must admire Bob Dylan, the guy is a sensation. Yes SPatOutPlath, i know how you feel, my own mother stole this off me

Iai
Emeritus
January 19th 2006



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah, he's not saying that's true of the nature of communism, he's merely positing the idea that many Americans felt this way (were forced to feel this way?) during McCarthyism.

I think so, anyway.This Message Edited On 01.19.06

DesolationRow
January 19th 2006



833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spat, and Med i meant most ignorant people view it as that........*edits*.

DesolationRow
January 19th 2006



833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Because people are stupid nowadays. Today, someone asked me how to spell 'inherit'. Jesus, how is someone in HONORS ENGLISH if they can't spell inherit?

pulseczar
January 19th 2006



2385 Comments


Yeah, I don't understand how making everyone earn equal income would mean taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

edit: and if you really honoured English, you'd put a 'u' in honor ;)This Message Edited On 01.19.06

Zebra
Moderator
January 19th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, but I wasn't to thrilled with the first paragraph because I didn't see how it really connected with the actual review.
Everyone I know loves Bob Dylan, but I can't really get into his music. I'd give this a 3.5/5, it's a great album but nothing amazing.

Sepstrup
January 21st 2006



1563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have you tried other albums? Blood on the tracks, for instance? (I reckon you have, but just making sure).
Everyone should love Dylan :P

DesolationRow
January 25th 2006



833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sep. I've got Freewheelin', Highway 61, and this.

sennabutton
January 26th 2006



10 Comments


Desire, Blonde on Blonde and Blood on the tracks are the best ones so you should get those

DesolationRow
January 31st 2006



833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm changing my opinion on this album. It's more of a 4 or a 3.5.

cowboy angel blues
February 12th 2006



9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

More of a 4 or 3.5? What was your opinion before? It couldn't have been lower?
If this isn't a 5, I don't know what is. There's not a bad song here, unless you happen to not like poetry, humor, or awesomeness in general.
And the sound! It has the uncanny effect of making me extremely overenthusiastic when someone says they don't like it so much as I do.
Okay. I'm a bit calm. I suppose the absurdism of some of the songs and the cryptic nature of some of the others might detract from this album for some people. But not for me, anyway.

Krabsworth
March 17th 2006



31 Comments


Bob Dylan's 115th Dream is the best song ever rly.

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 9th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine". Such a quirky opening line for a song. Ah... Bob kicks ass.

John Paul Harrison
April 13th 2006



1014 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just why, may I inquire discretely, did you include such a long passage on communism? McCarthyism subsided about ten yeas before this album was released.

But all the same, this is an amazingly wonderful album. I personally find this disk to surpass Highway 61 in greatness, but this is a mere personal opinion.


DownPaymentBlues78
April 13th 2006



278 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow. This is incredible. The truly amazing thing is that this isn't even his best.

j.c
April 24th 2006



13 Comments


simply the most influential artist of the 20th century.Bob Dylan changed the way people looked at the establishment. He pushed the boundries of 60's popular music and folk music.Aside from being a musical genius , the man is also a gifted writer and i would recomend "Bob Dylan's Chronicals volume 1" to any one . In short the most important man of his era and music today would not be the same if he had not decided that music was the life for him.A true great.

bassexxerupper
April 24th 2006



12 Comments


bob dylan F u c k i n Rulz

MyRamona
April 24th 2006



1074 Comments


This is by far my favourite Dylan album, I can't get enough of 'Subterranean homesick blues'. 'Mr.Tamborine man' is also a classic.



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