The Times They Are a-Changin’
Grade — B-
With the protest movement in full swing, Dylan released his second, and subsequently last, of that style of rebellion with The Times They Are a-Changin. The title track became a big hit, and one of Dylan’s most popular and celebrated songs, achieving number 9 in 1964 on the UK Charts. The song also was placed as the 59th best song of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
The rest of the album is good, but like with Slow Train Coming had little variation in sound from song to song. Dylan was certainly delivering strong messages and got people’s attention, but the piece lacked some of his wit, and all of his humor, as it didn’t achieve the success that the previous record The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan achieved.
Most of the pieces are very strong ones, whether with “Ballad of Hollis Brown” being the tale of a struggling farmer killing his wife, five children and himself, or with “Only a Pawn in their Game” focusing on how the poor white men are just as brainwashed and mistreated as the black folks. The odd song out is “Boots of Spanish Leather”, but its a superb love song.
This album is a bit of a step down from some of his other 60’s work, but is mostly brilliant.
The Times They Are a-Changin’ – http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/The+Times+They+Are+A+Changin/4gReT0?src=5
Boots of Spanish Leather – http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Boots+Of+Spanish+Leather/3JqVSP?src=5