Thursday, September 03, 2015

Bob Dylan: Empire Burlesque (1985)

For a mid-80s record from an established artist, Empire Burlesque is pretty good. I wonder about the sound, from time to time, but the songs are good enough to keep me interested. It starts with the engaging Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?), which I think is not such a bad track. Clean Cut Kid is also not too bad. I do wonder about Allmusic's final sentence of its review: "All this makes Empire Burlesque seem more transient than it actually is, since -- discounting the production -- this is as good as Dylan gets in his latter days." [source] Latter days? Are they serious? 30 years later, Mr. Dylan is still active. Also, there are far better later Dylan records than this one.

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