Commentary on each Bob Dylan album and other related recordings.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Saved: Shattered Like An Empty Cup
Released June 23, 1980
In contrast to the fire and brimstone exuberance of Slow Train Coming, Saved offered quiet and meditative musings on faith. "A Satisfied Mind" and "Saved" are straight up gospel one might hear in a revival tent. The meditative "Covenant Woman" carries a quiet eloquence with a stripped down production. "What Can I do For You" expresses gratitude to God for finding peace. "Solid Rock" blends gospel with rock and roll. The next two tracks are among Dylan's best during this period: "Pressing On" and "In the Garden." Even the most most hard headed non-believer would be moved by the soaring gospel of "Pressing On." "In the Garden" is a passionate song on Christ and the Resurrection that builds to a soaring crescendo. "Saving Grace" and "Are you Ready" bring Saved to a spirited conclusion. Dylan's band and backup singers performed brilliantly in one of his most optimistic albums, achieving a sense of peace and tranquility. Although Saved is often relegated to a minor work in his catalog, it stands as a poignant testament of Dylan during a fascinating time in his career.