Bob Dylan
Fallen Angels


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by lz41 USER (49 Reviews)
May 24th, 2016 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Go think it up again, Bob.

Fallen Angels is Bob Dylan’s 37th studio album. Comprised almost entirely of Frank Sinatra covers, it is the sequel to an idea barely worth following through on once, let alone twice. Or five times, if you count his career up.

Dylan sighing and crooning covers of songs buried deep in the void of pre-rock ’n roll America sounds like a man wearing someone else’s clothes. It’s as if he’s forgotten how inspired his interpretations of blues, folk and Americana have been – or perhaps, as he slowly dawdles through these thin, repetitive arrangements, he’s reminding us of it.

And really, if you tame his music and whitewash his words, there’s no real reason to listen to 75-year old Bob Dylan sing. The searing hipster sneer and the ear-splitting rock ’n roll howl are a thing of the past. The scratchy warble is alright for a couple of songs – old favourite ‘It Had To Be You’ and ‘The Melancholy Mood’ deserve their nod here - but over a full twelve-track album? Give us a bit of spice, Bob!

Maybe my biggest bugbear about Fallen Angels is not that it sounds old so much as it sounds like it’s from a specific, definite, finished era. During Dylan’s late career hot streak, it hasn’t mattered how old his musical styles or narrative structures are, he’s found a universal message in them: lost love, revenge, regret and hope are timeless ideals and always will be. Is there anything so invigorating here as ‘Not Dark Yet’ from 1997’s Time Out of Mind , poignant as ‘Mississippi’ from 2001’s “Love & Theft” or emotionally charged as ‘Ain’t Talkin’’ from 2006’s Modern Times ? Nope. And you suspect even the greatest singer-songwriter of all time won’t be able to conjure up any gold dust on this latest scheme of his.
It was barely worth a punt Bob, and you gave it your darnedest. Go think it up again.



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wham49
May 24th 2016


6341 Comments


totally agree, without bobs words why would you want to hear him, The Christmas Album is hilarious though.


ArsMoriendi
May 25th 2016


40743 Comments


This is why people tend to prefer covers of his songs, especially if they're by Jimi Hendrix.

Tunaboy45
May 25th 2016


18385 Comments


This is just redundant

wham49
May 25th 2016


6341 Comments


I wouldnt say that ARS, I generally prefer his songs sung by him, they have a bite and attitude to them that the covers do not, yes hendrix doing watchtower is great, but it loses the spirit of the song when he plays it. My point was that Dylan should only sing Dylan songs

Sinternet
May 25th 2016


26511 Comments


this is awful

JamieTwort
May 25th 2016


26988 Comments


Covers of Dylan songs are rarely ever better than the originals, although they are often better songs than the artists own songs.

But yes a Dylan cover album has always seemed kinda pointless to me.

trackbytrackreviews
May 25th 2016


3469 Comments


the greatest singer-songwriter of all time


Ha!

lz41
May 26th 2016


233 Comments

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Wikipedia level fact

JamieTwort
May 26th 2016


26988 Comments


Yeah I struggle to see what's amusing about that. It is pretty much an objective fact.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 26th 2016


9620 Comments


"the greatest singer-songwriter of all time"

lol, he is one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest. A few shitty albums simply cannot erase the monumental records he wrote in the 60's

altertide0
May 26th 2016


3026 Comments


I wouldn't call
s/t
New Morning,
Pat Garrett,
Before the Flood,
Hard Rain,
At Budokan,
Slow Train Coming,
Saved,
Shot of Love,
Infidels,
Real Live,
Empire Burlesque,
Knocked Out Loaded,
Down in the Groove,
Under the Red Sky,
Good as I Been to You,
World Gone Wrong,
Together Through Life,
Christmas in the Heart,
Tempest,
Shadows in the Night
and
Fallen Angels
just "a few" albums (even if you exclude his miserable live catalogue).

You're right though that no matter how many more shitty records he puts out there, his successful works will always make him one of the best.

JamieTwort
May 26th 2016


26988 Comments


New Morning isn't a shitty album. It may have a couple of duds but it also has one or two songs that can only help back up the claim that he is the greatest.

wham49
May 27th 2016


6341 Comments


new morning, good as I been to you, shot of love, together through life, down in the groove, are average albums, for anybody else

before the flood, hard rain, budokon, real live are live albums

christmas, pat garrett, shadows in the night, fallen angels are novelty albums, because he is bored.

that leaves 7 albums that you listed that can be considered not good "albums" which is about 20% of his total output, most from the 80"s go figure. 70% of the remaining 80% are mindblowing life changing albums, that nobody can come close to challenging

jayt851
September 1st 2016


413 Comments


This album is pretty boring. It sounds like oldies music

zakalwe
September 1st 2016


38512 Comments


It's not soley about the albums (even though the man has reeled off more classics than more or less anyone) it's about being an icon of the counter culture, making people see the light and setting others on the path.

Dylan IS the greatest.

wham49
September 2nd 2016


6341 Comments


preach it brother, THE best

CaliggyJack
September 28th 2016


10018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

almost as good as Tempest honestly. Strongly disagree with rating here.

LowellWolfe
June 19th 2020


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saved, Shot Of Love are outstanding albums. Infidels, New Morning, and Slow Train Coming contain some of his best material.



And to the reviewer, this isn't a collection of Frank Sinatra covers. It's called the Great American Songbook. Check out some standards before you review a record full of them.

Colton
June 19th 2020


14856 Comments


Saved and Shot of Love are kinda horrendous tbh but I agree that New Morning and Infidels have some gems

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2020


27162 Comments


frank sinatra covers is a funny idea



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