Published on March 30th, 2009 | by greg10
Bob Dylan : Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ :: Track Review
I suppose I couldn’t get away with a three word review of a Bob Dylan song by stating it was pretty f@&#ing cool, could I? As if it were blessed by the ghost of Tito Puente “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” is Dylan’s first single from “Together Through Life” and it marks a southwestwardly change for the mighty bard. The song has gritty texture with its zydeco accordion and stinging bluesy guitar and organ intro. Stepping back from the 1940′s and 1950′s period pieces that Dylan has grown fond of recently, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” is a song of this era.
“Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” brings to mind the sardonic tone of “Everything is Broken” and the brooding “Things Have Changed” showcasing a romantic lyric that estimates that as long as you have the narrator, who cares if the already rotten world turns to shit outside. I dig the sentiment, and my only regret is that there’s not enough guitar licks in this abbreviated song. If this is an early indicator of the tone, sound and quality of the album, I’d like to add it to my best of list for the year.