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Album Review

Say what you want about Empire Burlesque — at the very least, it's the most consistent record Bob Dylan has made since Blood on the Tracks, even if it isn't quite as interesting as Desire. However, it is a better set of songs, all deriving from the same place and filled with subtle gems — the most obvious being "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love?)," but also "Emotionally Yours" and "Dark Eyes" — proving that his powers are still there. The rest of the album may not be as graceful, but it's still well-crafted songwriting that never fails to be interesting. The record's biggest flaw is its state-of-the-art production; this is every bit as slick as Street Legal, but now sounds more focused and more of its time — thanks to a reliance on synthesizers and mildly sequenced beats — than it did upon its original release. 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.

Customer Reviews


I CANNOT BELIEVE I am the first person to review this album on iTunes. Secondly, I cannot believe this album has historically been given such poor treatment. Sure the album cover is very bad, and yes it does have that 1980's feel to the some of music itself, (I dislike 80's pop rock tremendously) but looking beyond that, this is a completely underrated album both musically and lyrically. As I write this it is the 30th anniversary of the release of this album. Bob should rerelease it with a new cover and outtakes (like New Danville girl). Maybe a bootleg series even. Because.....This is Definitely not a bad Dylan album. It's one of his best!

Dylan's finest album of the decade. Real Dylan fans will enjoy

This is easily Bobby's finest album of the decade. Rarely has an artist come back from a let down on their previous album and rebounded like this. Firing on all cylinders, Bobby produces a near masterpiece of sonic texture, genius instrumentation, and an un cluttered lyrical feast for the ears. True Audiophiles and Musicians alike have long included this on their top albums of the eighties and among Dylans's lost gems, right up there with the basement tapes. If you do nothing else this year, do yourself the favor and add this GLORIOUS and IMPECCABLE masterpiece to your'll thank me later!


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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