You know what I’m talking about. It’s that one album that everyone around you seems to enjoy. You want it to be good and strongly believe that it will be so, given the great amount of positive reviews you’ve read all over the internet. You know that there aren’t any kind of biases involved – you like both the artist and the genre well before hearing the said album. But, then, along the way, something goes wrong. You listen to it and you don’t get it. You listen again, then again and again, but still no results. Then you start believing that there’s something wrong with you, only to finally accept your musical tastes as they are – flawed, but at the same time, unique.
Such an album for me is none other than Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks. Yes, that pain-soaked, emotion-and-anger-full, supposed masterpiece that gets an incredible amount of praise from both critics and fans all around the world. You see, I love Bob Dylan. I also love it when an artist opens himself up emotionally on tape. But this record is just very sporadic to my ears – when it’s good, it’s incredible; but at times it just doesn’t raise above mediocrity. None of it is bad, as in “unlistenably bad”, but some songs just don’t do it for me, musically. I wish I could come up with a more intriguing and detailed reason, but that really is it – my honest opinion.
So what albums do you struggle to understand the love for? What is, in your book, overrated?