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Album of the Month: Infidels (1983)

Infidels – Columbia – 1983

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That voice. We must always return to that voice. His diction impeccable, his delivery fine-tuned, his timing reverential. “Well, the rifleman’s stalking the sick and the lame / Preacherman seeks the same, who’ll get there first is uncertain.” The Dead Sea Scrolls set to music and what a raucous beat it is. Wipe the sleep from your eyes and keep in mind sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace. This record has its own conscience and like all of Bob’s best records breaks the rules whenever it damn well feels like it. The music on this platter shall not be tamed no matter if 1983 is the year of MTV and music videos are the business of the day. He refused to work on “Maggie’s Farm” in ’65 and very little has changed as Bob continues to till the soil with implements of his own devising and devilish intent. Woody Guthrie would have sung the heck out of a song like “I And I” because at its core it’s a train song and just like Bob he’s made shoes for everyone, even you, while he still goes barefoot.

Charles Cicirella