Bob Dylan – Down in the Groove

Down in the Groove

Bob DylanDown in the Groove Columbia CK 40957 (1988)

A tedious and painful listening experience.  When Bob Dylan is lazy or just uninspired he always leans on the blues.  He does so a fair amount here.  While he worked it out better with the simpler World Gone Wrong a few years later, here the glitzy and grandiose 1980s production suffocates any possibilities.  Not that there really are many possibilities.  “Ninety Miles an Hour (Down a Dead End Street)” might be the best offering, which is not saying much.  This is a leading contender for the ignoble title of “worst Bob Dylan album.”  Really, it’s embarrassing.