Knocked Out Loaded is not the best Dylan album, it’s not the worst though if only for the 11 minutes of Brownsville Girl.
Full of strange disjointed images, Gregory Peck, judges, cars and a swelling gospel chorus. Maybe it’s Sam Shepard’s input or maybe it is the hallucinatory nature of the whole thing. The wistful longing for a lost love, the one line throw away non-sequiturs. It is one of Dylans great nonsense epics along with Bob Dylan’s dream and more recently Highlands.
Sometimes it feels like it is the type of brilliance Dylan knocks out when the world starts thinking he has lost his touch.
“You know I feel pretty good but that ain’t saying too much, you know I could feel a while lot better.”