Oh come on trev - you love Masked&Anonymous mate.
Funniest line of reasoning ever - if you accept the singer's vocals as being bad, it's not so bad. You get used to it....
Aim for the stars! Oh such giddy heights!
Tell me what it is about his vocals that are bad? I personally like the sound of his voice now. Sorry.
Tom Waits sings virtually the same way.
Oh and I first saw Bob in 2000. So I don't have the honour some have of having seen him 30 or more years earlier and therefore being able to compare the experiece. I saw him last October and thought it was as good as the first time I saw him in 2000, and I saw the Newcastle show which gave us Delia and Man of Peace.
I liked his voice in 99-02, hated it pretty much from 88 to 97 (excluding certain occassions in 94/5/6) didnt like his voice much after 02 though, sort of gave up on the dylan forums and the debates and going to the gigs. But slowly over time I have come round to his voice as it is in its current state and enjoy watchin him play. There is still a magnetism to the performances and his voice is still an instrument, if even a tad broken, and he still uses it to express. I don't think we should be applying rules to how someones voice should or shouldnt be, it could be a myriad of different textures.
Those of us who dug his voice in the 60s have people telling us even then he couldnt sing, now some of us our lot are turning into the same people but within this Dylan bubble.
The voice will always be an issue. I never liked the Gospel voice. I detest the sound of his voice on When He Returns, but I know that he is singing the hell out of the song. Hated what happened to his voice from Street Legel onwards basically. Thought desire was a high point vocally. Again, there were periods on every tour when he would do something sublime with the 'voice' he had. But post Desire I generally didn't like the voice till Oh Mercy appeared.
Who knows why we like or dislike certain periods, certain voices or whatever.. I just like his voice now. It doesn't bother me one bit.
As to liking Masked and Anonymous... I was a kid of 19 when that came out who was starry eyed and getting into Dylan big time. I still think its a decent movie worth looking at. But I dont get aroused by it!