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    “Blood on the Tracks” the Movie

    By kyle | April 5, 2012

    I don’t think it’ll work but someone is giving it a try. By the way: Has anyone ever noticed that despite the raging genius on side one, side two of the album is … not that great?

    Topics: Music | 1 Comment »

    One Response to ““Blood on the Tracks” the Movie”

    1. Sean C. Says:
      April 13th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      The “greatness” element is debatable, but Sides One and Two of the album are distinct, I grant you. Side One is more focused and intense, with songs dealing with specific tragedies and conflicts like “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Idiot Wind.” Side Two spreads out further, with the surreal “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” and with “Shelter from the Storm,” which I personally think isn’t even about a “flesh & blood” woman, but rather Dylan’s muse or his God. But, taken together, I think it’s an album that is very remarkable and ages exceptionally well.