6:00 AM GMT 22/06/2011
Finally it can be said: Bob Dylan’s “worst album” is pretty good after all...
What is this shit! Greil Marcus said it first in his 1970 Rolling Stone review of Self Portrait but seriously, what is this? MOJO stuck it 6th from bottom in our Top 50 Dylan albums. Worse than Saved! That has to be heard! Coming off the back of the greatest run of albums by a single artist, this double vinyl hodge-podge understandably bamboozled 60s fans but from the dreamy female choir on All The Tired Horses singing “How'm I s'posed to get any ridin' (writin’?) done?” to the euphoric cover of Frank Beddoe’s utopian ballad, Copper Kettle Self Portrait today sounds like a post-crash front-porch kick-back of arcadian inertia, scored by strings, harmonies and slide guitar. True, there’s a Gordon Lightfoot cover and Bob’s tuneless Garfunkelisation of The Boxer but anyone attuned to the old-timey Dylan of “Love And Theft”, Chronicles and Theme Time Radio Hour will fall upon Self Portrait like a new Dylan delight, and one that’s a little bit better than – are we allowed to say this? – Modern Times.
Posted by Ross_Bennett at 6:04 AM GMT 26/11/2007
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