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Editors’ Notes

Following a three-album run Infidels marks Bob Dylan’s departure from the realm of Christian music. To mark the occasion Dylan handpicked his dream band, which included guitarists Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits) and Mick Taylor (formerly of the Rolling Stones) and a rhythm section comprised of heavy reggae legends Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. A return to Biblical imagery was evident on “Jokerman,” one of Dylan’s best songs and a staple of his live show for years to come. “Neighborhood Bully” is a metaphor for Israeli conflicts in the Middle East, while “Union Sundown” is a blatant indictment of capitalism and the outsourcing of American jobs. In a broader, more obscure attack, “License to Kill” condemns man for his mistreatment of earth, which Dylan bizarrely suggests began with space travel: “Oh, man has invented his doom / First step was touching the moon.” But as is often the case, the best songs are the ones that deal with Dylan’s romantic relationships. “I and I” and “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” deal with the trepidation of newfound love, while “Sweetheart Like You” unfolds as a set of sweet, sad pickup lines, edged with sinister intent.

Customer Reviews

Dylan's Best Album From The 1980's...

Dylan discovered how to balance his Spiritual / Gospel lyrics with his social commentary on this one. That balance made this a better album than "Slow Train Coming" or "Saved"; but just as challenging lyrically. Dylan focuses more on his Jewish roots, than Christianity here. "Neighborhood Bully" is a tribute to the false perception about Israel being the bully of the middle east. "I And I" is his acknowledgement of the Judaic perspective on God. In "Jokerman" the Biblical books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy are mentioned (The first and second presenting of the Hebrew Law). I recommend the whole album; but if you must economize - # 1, 3, 4, & 6.

An Overlooked Gem

Sly and Robbbie, Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan make this a must have album. Classic Bob in a well produced packet. All bang and no filler. The best 80s Bob until Oh Mercy!

quite good but...

the 80s production (uninspired drumming) brings it down a little. Still Jokerman, Sweetheart like you, and I and I are great. I'm not too fond of the rest but they aren't bad by any means.


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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