Knocked Out Loaded
is Dylan's nadir by far (and that’s really saying something, considering some of the shit he’s foisted on his audience).
If his music was always perversely enjoyable in a sick kinda way, and the Christian albums at least had real musicians and felt like he gave a shit, and Infidels
wasn’t really all that awful if you think about it, then Knocked Out Loaded
is the album where it becomes clear just how far he'd fallen ... most of it is so bad there’s actually a song I like yet I still end up giving the album 1 star. It’s an embarrassment.
Knocked Out Loaded
is so awful it almost has to be heard to be believed ... picture the 80's production-isms that Dylan had been toying with over his last few albums, then multiply them by about 100. And add more female backup singers than on any Dylan album ever, and add songwriting a few steps below even that found on Saved
. And pretend it’s not bad Gospel music, but instead horrendous wannabe-slick 80's rock that's so sloppy I can’t believe anyone actually thought it might be a good idea to release it.
Take all that onboard, and you'd be on your way to knowing what this album sounds like, although I'd stand by my claim that the damn thing has to be heard to be believed (not that I’d ever want anyone to hear this - where Dylan's Christian stuff is at least almost funny, this is just pathetic and depressing).
“You Wanna Ramble” is I suppose this album’s idea of boogie/rock, but not only does it neither boogie nor rock in any meaningful way, and not only is it dominated by a computerized snare beat that sounds like the album had no live drummer at all, and not only is the guitar riff sloppy, horribly-played, and poorly-mixed, and not only do the generic female black backup singers sing more than Dylan, and not only does his voice suck more than it has at any time since Saved
(and it’s probably worse than on that), but the actual skeleton of the song is an unholy piece of shit ...
by Reviewer: BRAD