Bob Dylan – World Gone Wrong – 1993 – Columbia Records

Bob Dylan - World Gone Wrong - 1993 - Columbia Records

World Gone Wrong is my favourite Dylan album. It doesn’t matter that none of the songs are written by him. Everything about it is perfect in a rough hewn, homespun, lonesome, bleak and burned out way. Starting with the cover art which for me was reminiscent of the art onĀ  his 1965 album Bringing it all Back Home but this time he was solitary, alone. It seemed to be the same character in the photo but with his world imploded into a brightly coloured gloom. When I first heard it I was amazed. It was a follow up to his Good As I Been To You album. That was a good record of old folk songs and blues but the sound on this one was rawer, more alive. It was a perfect selection of songs. After years of putting out records that were of variable quality it felt like Dylan had returned to form and was going to stay that way for a while.