I recently counted the number of albums i had listened to in rolling stone magazines top 100 albums of all time. I scored 65. Bob Dylan had 4 or 5 in the list, and I had not listened to any of them. I figured it was time.
Although I think Dylan is a great poet, and lyricist I felt like I needed an interpreter, and it exhausted me to try to figure out what he was talking about. I listened to the album twice. I think it might take another 10 times before I begin to grasp what he is saying. It's a good thing people had longer attention spans in 1965.
Musically the album has a rich, clean, blues based sound. I especially like the piano playing. It really fills in the spaces. I have never liked Dylans guitar playing. It drones on without many chord changes. So having a good band to vamp behind him sounds great.
This is a very good album. I don't think it merits rolling Stones rating of 4th best album ever. Still worth a listen.
I give this album 3.5 stars out of 5.