Bob Dylan – Under the Red Sky

Under the Red Sky

Bob DylanUnder the Red Sky CBS 467188 2 (1990)

There are a few essential Bob Dylan albums, quite a lot of decent but still mediocre ones, and a few that offer little or nothing to even the most hardcore Dylanite.  Sadly, Under the Red Sky is one the man’s most forgettable offerings.  In his defense, Bob invests in a musical palette that is broader than anything since Empire Burlesque, yet the songwriting here never quite delivers.  Add to that the always questionable tactic of an “all-star” lineup of guest appearances and the fact that producer Don Was‘ efforts to polish this up were vetoed by Dylan makes this sound as sterile as possible, and the merits this has evaporate pretty quickly.