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Desire (album) by Bob Dylan 

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Desire
Desire by Bob Dylan (1976)
Overall rank: 363rd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 705 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1976 (7th)
Top 100 albums of the 1970s (95th)
Top 500 albums of all time (363rd)

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Bob Dylan bestography

Desire is ranked 6th best out of 65 albums by Bob Dylan on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bob Dylan is Highway 61 Revisited which is ranked number 20 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 74,881.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 705 votes)
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85/100
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76/100
 
75/100
10/14/2018 12:38
83/100
 
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85/100
10/06/2018 23:15
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From hugobennetts 10/14/2018 12:39
I suppose it is technically a good album. The songwriting is intelligent and he constructs some thought-worthy ballads. However, to me the LP is the perfect example of how Dylan had lost the flair and easy-flow that made me and many other adore and revere his early work.
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90/100
From Smith 07/10/2018 15:05
A big thumbs up for this album, possible one of his best. The weakest song is ROMANCE IN DURANGO, and the rest are really good.
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From LedZep 04/27/2018 13:39
Fantastic, and the most underrated Dylan album. Latino music influences, female backing vocals (she reminds me of that woman who played violin and sang on Jack White's Lazaretto, fantastic voice), violin and almost gypsy music rhythms. The most adventurous Dylan has ever been. Has what is probably my favourite Dylan song ever, Hurricane. Joey is tour de force of a song, but i really think it should've been much shorter. 5 choruses...
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From Crumpet 03/10/2018 16:48
One of his best post 1970 records (if not his best), Desire features many great songs including "Another Cup of Coffee", "Sara" and (my favourite) "Hurricane".
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85/100
From Sandrof1969 02/15/2018 20:33
Immersione nei suoni mediterranei e forse anche per questo uno dei dischi di Dylan più popolari in Italia, "Desire" ha soprattutto i toni più rilassati rispetto al precedente livido "Blood on the tracks", nonostante inizi con una delle ultime ( l'ultima ? ) canzoni che una volta si sarebbero dette "impegnate" da parte del suo autore, "Hurricane".
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From Pretender 07/15/2017 05:22
His most 'fun' record.
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From martintho 04/02/2016 23:53
3 women is very important on this one. the lovely voiceplay of emmylou and Ronee. and the wonderful violin of Scarlet (Donna). it has a mexican angle. and it's goodbye genius young Bob. the world never heard or saw him again. but old Bob was brilliant enough to cope with the best of them. but without his young self he wouldn't have been amongst the handful only greatest artists we had this last 100 years.
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From garycottier 03/31/2016 14:47
Dylan's excellent follow up to, blood on the tracks. Desire, is another one of those Dylan albums that sound like nothing else in his back catalogue. The key to this, apart from Bob's songs, (with Jaques Levy, apart from two), is the use, all the way through the record of Scarlet Rivera's wonderful violin, and Emmylou Harris' superb backing vocals. It opens with, hurricane, a return to protest music, it's a great track. Other standouts are, Isis, oh, sister, Mozambique, and my favourite on the album, the gypsy like, one more cup of coffee. The only dud on the album is Joey, a dubious glorification of a murderous gangster, which is not just overlong, but incredibly boring too. The rest is great though. Dylan wouldn't make an album as good as this again until 1997, with, time out of mind.
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From Brandon8 03/28/2016 01:50
Hurricane is a classic tour de force song. The rest of the album doesn't work for me. It feels like Dylan is straining and the songs drag.
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From spinout 02/02/2016 20:56
Bob Dylans gypsy album; anyway, by sound.
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