Oh Mercy

Oh Mercy

by Bob Dylan
     
 

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Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion. There was cohesion on Empire Burlesque, of course, but that cohesion was a little too slick, a little too commercial, whereas this record was filled with

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Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion. There was cohesion on Empire Burlesque, of course, but that cohesion was a little too slick, a little too commercial, whereas this record was filled with atmospheric, hazy production -- a sound as arty as most assumed the songs to be. And Dylan followed suit, giving Lanois significant songs -- palpably social works, love songs, and poems -- that seemed to connect with his past. And, at the time, this production made it seem like the equivalent of his '60s records, meaning that its artiness was cutting edge, not portentous. Over the years, Oh Mercy hasn't aged particularly well, seeming as self-conscious as such other gauzy Lanois productions as So and The Joshua Tree, even though it makes more sense than the ersatz pizzazz of Burlesque. Still, the songs make Oh Mercy noteworthy; they find Dylan quietly raging against the materialism of President Reagan and accepting maturity, albeit with a slight reluctance. So, Oh Mercy is finally more interesting for what it tries to achieve than for what it actually does achieve. At its best, this is a collection of small, shining moments, with the best songs shining brighter than their production or the album's overall effect.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099751234326
catalogNumber:
900423
Rank:
86901

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Mason Ruffner   Guitar
Malcolm Burn   Keyboards,Tambourine,Mercy Keys
Rockin' Dopsie   Accordion
Darryl Johnson   Percussion
Daniel Lanois   Dobro,Guitar,Omnichord,Lap Steel Guitar
Cyril Neville   Percussion
Alton Rubin   Drums
Brian Stoltz   Guitar
Willie Green   Drums
Larry Jolivet   Bass
Paul Synegal   Guitar
John Hart   Saxophone
Tony Hall   Bass

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Engineer
Malcolm Burn   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Trotsky   Artwork

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