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Under the Red Sky is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's 27th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1990.

The album was largely greeted as a strange and disappointing follow-up to 1989's critically-acclaimed Oh Mercy. Most of the criticism was directed at the slick sound of pop producer Don Was, as well as a handful of tracks that seem rooted in children's nursery rhymes. It is a rarity in Dylan's catalog for its inclusion of celebrity cameos, by Slash, Elton John… read more



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  • Avatar for TheUselessGolem
    The sound is dusty, sometimes mistakable for dull, but in fact (listen in!) shifting and glorious. Two and a half years after discovery it's well-settled as one of my top Dylan favorites - absolutely top five, likely top three.
  • Avatar for Lord_Kur
    ok, i have come to appreciate this album more and more with time. I'm liking it, I'm liking it.
  • Avatar for TheUselessGolem
    Great discussion about the album with several incisive and thoughtful posts, folks weighing in from both sides of the debate:!topic/
  • Avatar for TheUselessGolem
    As of right now, I see only three things wrong with this record. In ascending order of seriousness: Born in Time, by carry-over, has some of those clumsy Oh Mercy lyrics, T.V. Talkin' Song isn't quite up to the level of its brethren and the band(s) can't always keep up with the bandleader. But that's it. The rest is fantastic. Sometimes I listen and it's just a really fun album; other times it catches me in its spell and for forty minutes I'm captivated. Then the music is moving and brilliant and surprising and scary and a good comfort for hard times. I picture Dylan here as the jester in the court of the king in that old Syd Barrett song, Matilda Mother, leading a band of lesser court minstrels uneasy with but nonetheless bravely pursuing the direction of the mad Fool at their front.
  • Avatar for TheGreatChupon
    "Under the Red Sky aims frankly for the evocative. It's fabulistic, biblical. Through it all, though, the sweetness of Dylan's tone does him proud. Apocalyptic though that blood red sky may also be, he's crafted an affectionate elegy for a human race forced to live in a diminished world." That's Robert Christgau, unabashed champion of this wonderful record.
  • Avatar for ralfsu
    That may as well be the last one though, I think I've run out...
  • Avatar for TheGreatChupon
    Hahaha... touche, I suppose. (Though I think your name-calling is more effective than your argument.)
  • Avatar for ralfsu
    Hey now Mr. GreyPoupon, at least unlike with Another Side, I'm not alone on this one with my opinion! :P
  • Avatar for TheGreatChupon
    Basement Tapes + Slow Train Coming = Under the Red Sky. No wonder you don't like this one, Ralf.
  • Avatar for ralfsu
    Three five star songs here, the rest ain't worth squat. One of which is obviously Born in Time, a song that sounds and feels like it should have been on Oh Mercy but was left out and re-recorded for this one. His sandpapery singing ruins most of the songs actually - shame cuz his vocals on Oh Mercy are superb. I can overlook the fourth grader level lyrics cause I more or less understand what he was going for with this album.

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