About the reviews
This site aims to develop a set of reviews about Dylan’s work – incorporating both the lyrics and the music. The songs are not reviewed in any particular order.
The analyses are based on the theory that in order to understand Dylan’s work fully it can often be helpful to consider both the music, and the lyrics. This is not always the case, of course, because when considering Dylan’s talking blues, and his 12 bar blues, one is in essence dealing with the same musical form, re-used in different ways to different effect.
But my view is that while an analysis of the lyrics can be immensely insightful on many occasions, on others it does not give a full picture concerning the insight each song might give us.
Additionally it is often argued that the context is helpful – so one needs to look at Dylan’s previous broader approach to compositions from throughout his life, to understand the song in question.
This theory has evolved during the writing of the reviews, and there is no doubt both that some of the earlier reviews don’t express this view coherently and that in later reviews the theory is being developed. That’s why some of the earlier reviews are being revised as time goes by and why we also include reviews of the lyrics alone on occasion.
The development of the site is however a hobby – which is why twice since it started it has been put on hold for long periods. But also that explains why the ideas and insights (such as they are) are evolving and changing as the site progresses.
When I come to write the book, or even books, based on the site, I shall be trying to present a more coherent whole reflecting where my thoughts and theories are at that time.