harmonica albert wrote:
As a one chord growled string of cliches, It's All Good might be the best sample of Dylan among these four songs, with a monotonous melody well-suited to his vocal ability. Po Boy is the most interesting attempt at songwriting, a little beyond his ability to perform; I appreciate the effort but don't enjoy hearing the results. Can't Wait has a strong bluesy edge like most of the Time Out Of Mind material, but veers into self-parody in the lyrics and unconvincing earnestness in the vocal. Ain't Talkin' has an appealing sound, a borrowed title/refrain, and a melodramatic vocal not quite able to redeem some silly lyrics, a song I loved at first that failed to sustain interest after a handful of listens like everything else on that album (except for those songs I never liked even one time through).
This brought a smile. Everything you say is pretty well stated and supported but I really like them and as Dylan songs go, this selection is as strong as he's produced.