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  •  His singing (none)
    is a miracle.  He can squeeze utter despair out of a note, and utter joy, too.  Don't laugh, but I put him in the same league as Billie Holliday for that quality.  Neither have much range, but their phrasing is just amazing.

    And Dylan has written some of the best love songs ever.  Down Along the Cove, Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, Tonight I'll be Staying Here with You, etc.  

    The concept of war is outdated. Dalai Lama

    by x on Sun Aug 21, 2005 at 10:30:05 AM PDT

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    •  Dylan's the 11th greatest singer ever (none)
      according to a poll Mojo magazine gave 175 rock singers.

      I'll excerpt from the article:

      "Don't matter if you think his voice is like sand and glue, everything he sung was 100 per cent convincing." Edwyn Collins (lead singer of Orange Juice)

      For the first time in popular music, here was a voice that didn't meet the listener halfway, that didn't beg for approval, or try to disguise the sometimes harsh sentiments of his songs...

      With hindsight, Dylan can be acclaimed as one of the great blues singers of the century...

      Capable of great pity, sly humor and vicious cruelty within the same song, Dylan was forced to develop a vocal method which would enable him to navigate those emotional twists and turns accurately; the result was that, by the time of 'Blonde on Blonde' he had effectively brought a whole new vocabulary of dramatic inflection to the form, the better to animate his increasingly complex, multi-layered songs...

      The article also mentions "the smooth nasal croon he discovered for 'Nashville Skyline'."

      "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Albert Einstein

      by Brecht on Sun Aug 21, 2005 at 11:04:47 AM PDT

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