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Together Through Life

Bob DylanAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B001VNB56I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
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1. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
2. Life Is Hard
3. My Wife's Home Town
4. If You Ever Go To Houston
5. Forgetful Heart
6. Jolene
7. This Dream Of You
8. Shake Shake Mama
9. I Feel A Change Comin' On
10. It's All Good

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the Rock legend. Together Through Life was recorded late last year and features 10 new songs including 'Life Is Hard', 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin'' and 'It's All Good.' This album is the 46th release from Dylan, and follows 2006's platinum-selling album Modern Times, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and reached the top of the charts in seven additional countries and the Top 5 in 22 countries around the world. Bob Dylan's three previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist.

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114 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob's On A Roll April 28, 2009
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He's pushing 70 and has artistically and financially earned a peaceful retirement several times over, but Bob Dylan has found it in his heart to generously present us with another album of new material. What's more, in my opinion it's even stronger than 2006's Modern Times.

Whereas Modern Times found Dylan mining similar subjects and moods to those explored in Love and Theft and Time Out of Mind, Together Through Life distinguishes itself by consisting pretty much entirely of love songs. It's still Dylan, though, so these aren't sappy or hackneyed--the words are full of wry frustration, sensuality, compelling nostalgia, and some of the purest heartfelt devotion the man has ever committed to tape. The album's opener and de facto 'single,' "Beyond Here Lies Nothing," kicks things off in a relatively heavy fashion, as pounding toms and dirty guitar licks frame Dylan's shadowy descriptions of consuming love. It's immediately evident that Dylan the producer isn't sticking with the same old formula--he's increased his acoustic instrumentation, including mandolins, violins, banjos, and especially an accordion, and to great and organic effect. The accordion's cheerful, liquid, flitting timbres really complement the laid-back nature of this set of songs, and it strongly recalls Dylan's days with The Band (which never hurts, so far as I'm concerned).
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but utterly warm and spontaneus. April 28, 2009
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Sixty-eight years and 33 albums in and Bob Dylan seems bigger than ever.
Dylan's 33rd studio album comes packaged with a CD of tracks from his delightful radio show, "Theme Time Radio Hour" -- an appropriate union given that his latest has a similar old-time feel and would fit in perfectly the next time he turns DJ.
The CD has reignited interest in Dylan as a relevant artist of our times, as opposed to a legendary antiquity.
"Together Through Life" is characterised by a loose swing and prominent accordion. He has assemble here his warmest, most unforced, set of songs in recent memory.
The album is a beautifully played collection of antique, urban blues pop.The ghosts of the great Chicago bluesmen haunt these song structures.
The results have been compared to the vintage Chicago blues sound of Chess Records.
A warm, wheezy accordion (played by David Hidalgo of Los Lobos) lends a borderline Tex Mex flavour.
At least half of the songs are wry, even slightly comic tales of ordinary American lives of desire, heartbreak and remorse.
For sure,the lyrics, co-written with poet Robert Hunter, a "non-performing" member of The Grateful Dead, won't intrigue the academics but the head-nodding grooves of "It's All Good" and "If You Ever Go to Houston" will appeal to more basic instincts.
The single song, "Life is Hard", written and recorded for Olivier Dahan's forthcoming film, "My Own Love Song" (it's about a road trip to Memphis undertaken by a wheelchair-bound singer and her best buddy) "proves an incongruent trigger for such a bluesy album, its lap steel and mandolin carrying one of Dylan's most uncomfortably pitched croons".
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S'ALL GOOD April 29, 2009
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Journalists are fond of calling the last 3 Dylan albums a "trilogy". At the very least, Together Through Life should lay such notions to rest. By now, Dylan fans should have come to understand their avatar's impulsive & elusive nature. Something as premeditated & pretentious as a "trilogy" is not in the cards. So let's leave that at the door.

No, this isn't another "masterpiece". It casts any such expectations aside like a snake shedding its skin. Dylan mythologists will salivate & proclaim it genius & discerning critics might dismiss it in light of the acclaim Modern Times recieved. But without a doubt, Together is just as inspired as anything he's cut since 1997's Time Out of Mind.

A few things set Together apart. David Hidalgo's accordion lends a definite Tex Mex quality to the proceedings. Where Dylan's previous offerings seemed steeped in the mythology of the Old South, Together gives you the impression of being set in an endless string of Texas boarder towns.

Overall, the production is grittier & more intimate to the point of being nearly claustrophobic. Listen to it through ear phones & you're likely to come away with a different experience than on the stereo.

Another thing that characterizes Together is its obsessive focus on a single theme. These are all love songs. From the romantic abandon of Beyond Here Lies Nothing to the sarcastic resignation of It's All Good, herein lies a long, winding road from infatuation to betrayal, to bitterness to restless farewell.

Highlights include Beyond Here & It's All Good which bookend the album. Both are rollicking & upbeat while still holding on to a brooding intensity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I must have them all
Wonderful album. Dylan is better than ever
Published 9 days ago by Ian Towart
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite tunes on this one are
Look, I'm a Dylan fan, so I will give everything he does 5 stars. My favorite tunes on this one are: Beyond Here Lies Nothin, Forgetful Heart, This Dream of You, and Shake Shake... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cohibuh23
5.0 out of 5 stars Like most of Dylan's latest albums
Like most of Dylan's latest albums, this one seems to grow on me with each listening, first with the music and gradually with the lyrics as the words and phrases take shape and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Effortless
Much Better than Love And Theft in my opinion, where songs are twice as long as they should be, and several wear out their welcome by the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gem Pascal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Mr. Dylan
Published 3 months ago by Michael R. Hiatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great music
Published 3 months ago by Richard Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good collaborations, collections and added bonuses,,little book, photos, stickers..
Published 3 months ago by Wesley A. Ornick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool. Always been a fan from the 60s.
Published 3 months ago by luke cheriyan
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all good
I haven't been so thrilled with a Dylan album since... well I'm not sure. I only know this is my favorite Dylan in many a moon. I have to listen to it everyday or I'm crabby. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Bob Dylan, yet again.
This is not "Blowing in the Wind" or The Ballad of Hattie Carroll". It is Bob Dylan being reflective on personal relationships. Worth listening to and enjoying. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Arthur I. Slotnick
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