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Bob Dylan’s (second) 1980s comeback album, ‘Oh Mercy’, helped reassert Bob Dylan as a skilled musician, after a series of forgettable or bad albums from the “washed up" musician. The album ends with a song called ‘shooting star’, which would also appear in Bob Dylan’s unplugged album. Despite all of the amazing songs on ‘Oh Mercy’ — ‘everything is broken’, ‘man in the long black coat’, etc… — ‘shooting star’ is the only song from it I’d list amongst one of my favourites. With its simple sound and beautiful but lamenting imagery and lyricism, it’s hard not to love.

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Shooting Star:

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‘Hunky Dory’, David Bowie’s fourth studio album, and predecessor to his breakthrough album, ‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’. The album is filled with some of Bowie’s hit singles, like ‘Changes’, ‘Oh! You pretty things’, and, most importantly, ‘Life on Mars?’, which is filled with provocatively surreal lyrics and is beautiful from start to finish.

It’s a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling, "No!" …


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1997 was an important year for Dylan fans. It saw his first album of original material since 1991’s ‘Under the Red Sky’. What makes ‘Time Out of Mind’ important isn’t just that they were original compositions, but that they were good, and that they kickstarted a late-career golden age for Dylan. The album even one Album of the Year, beating Paul McCartney’s incredible ‘Flaming Pie’!

My favourite song on the album isn’t just my favourite from ‘Time out of Mind’, but my favourite song in general. Obviously, I’m talking about the provocatively introspective ‘Highlands’.

The song opens up, pulling straight…


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Billy Joel’s breakthrough album, ‘The Stranger’, is home to many classic songs and hits, like the lamenting ‘Vienna’, the energetic and cynical ‘Only the Good Die Young’, and the haunting and introspective title track, ‘the stranger’.

However, whilst this song was never released as a single, ‘Scenes From an Italian Restaurant’, is a beloved Joel classic by his fans, and largely considered to be one of, if not, his best songs.

The song opens up with the narrator in an Italian restaurant, inviting an old friend from school to sit down with them. After talking about their catching up, they…


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(photo from @ dylan_mostly on twitter)

After 8 years of no original songs, Bob Dylan released ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ in 2020, a fully original new album, unlike anything he had released before.

The third song on the album is one of my personal favourites, it’s the first new song on the album that wasn’t released as a single prior, and is a Frankenstein-themed song, all about time and the past.

All through the summers and into January I’ve been visiting morgues and monasteries Looking for the necessary body parts Limbs and livers and…


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Most people who don’t even know Bob Dylan will know at least one of his songs, mainly through the various amounts of covers they’ve released. Some people know Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, others know All Along the Watchtower, some know Like a Rolling Stone. Some people, also, know this dream-like song, Mr. Tambourine Man.

It’s remembered for its beautiful lyricism that invokes surreal and magical imagery, and the enchanting effect it has. …


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Bob Dylan is, as of the release of Rough and Rowdy Ways, 79 years old. He has been creating music for 58 years, after it all started in 1962 with his self titled debut album. Throughout his career he has had more falls from grace and comeback albums than any other artist I can think of. This album is not repeating that process, this is not an album that ends Dylan’s late-career golden age: it’s an album that completely dwarfs all 4 preceeding albums, and it gives time out of mind a series run for its money. …


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Queen are one of the most celebrated bands of the 1970s and 1980s, but one song of theirs is most remembered as a monument to their success in popular culture: Bohemian Rhapsody. The song was big enough to have their biopic named after it, become a hit number one single and had had a documentary dedicated to it.

Despite its constant appearance in lists of the top ten Queen songs, I believe there is an alternative interpretation to the lyrics that a lot of people don’t speak of; an interpretation I believe is much more interesting.

So what is the…


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Elton John is one of the biggest icons in, not only rock and the 1970s, but also in popular culture at large. Everybody knows some of his hits, songs like ‘tiny dancer’, ‘rocketman’ and ‘your song’. Every album in his prime was filled with hits, ‘goodbye yellow brick road’ being a prime example of this. However, there is one album from his time at the top of the world, where it had only one single, that being ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’.

Captain Fantastic is different from Elton’s other albums in more ways than just having one single…


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When Africa was colonised by Europe, the treatment was harsh, whole cultures and people groups were wiped out, by brute force or other means. Due to this, countless languages were lost, but there was still a want to reject the colonial language of English, specifically. So how did they do this? The dialect of “Iyaric” was created, as a way for expression despite a foreign language being imposed. The Iyaric dialect was meant as a way to take language forward, to reject the corrupt and evil society they were in. Some words in the English language were also rejected entirely…

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Scottish poet.

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