Bob Dylan reveals himself to be one of the most wonderfully creative and prolific artist. Dylan is an anthem of the 60s, with his breakout folk music and ability to riddle society with his music. His ever evolving music has brought him success for decades. Dylan’s second album, The Freewheelin, is uncanny yet with compelling melodies which transformed the music scene.
Bob Dylan is often called as “the voice of his generation” it is undeniable that this album meets this description as he has an ability to identify the social issues in society and distilling it into his music.
Dylan has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and received numerous accolades over the past years including 39 Grammy Award nominations-winning 11. He has been inaugurated into Rock Hall of Fame. He is the founding-father of folk-rock.
Dylan’s style in ‘Bob Dylan’s Blues’ is unique only because it’s a product of the 20th century. With harsh vocals accompanied by an unequivocally resonate guitar and harmonica, Dylan refines this ballad as an art piece.
It is effortless to value the importance of The Freewheelin, the album firmly established Dylan as an incomparable songwriter with an imaginative and striking skill of writing. His song writing is a sparse and arresting with out importance meaning.
It is clear from the title track ‘Blowin in the wind’, that it contains piercing and poetic lyrics. It is written along topical and political lines which are accompanied with his rough voice and honest harmonic and guitar instruments. Through this song it is like you got yesterday, today and tomorrow in one room; there is no telling what will happen next as the song takes you to different scenes within seconds. ‘Blowin in the wind’ has provided an anthem for the protest community for the past 50 years. It is evenly applicable to every kind of injustice in society.
His music continues being a salient reflection of his personal life as this is manifested in ‘Girl from the North Country’. It is a striking love song which separates it from the rest of the album. It is inspired by then girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, whom Dylan was pining for as he finished the song in Italy. It is an emotional ballad which is a gentle, indirect love song but powerfully affecting.
The Freewheelin is a rich and imaginative album which captures the sound and spirit of the folk scene. He’s an exceptional songwriter, with a talented knack for writing distinctive melodies that appeal to the masses. There is no bigger giant in popular music than Dylan. Anyone would be a fool not to buy the album.
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By Ayanda Mbonani