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Dylan's on a Roll!,
This review is from: Together Through Life (Audio CD)
I wanted to be patient in reviewing this album so my review doesn't seem like an immediate praise of an album possibly undeserving simply because of my deep appreciation of the artist and all of his work from the past.So yes I am a huge Dylan fan anyway,but gave "Together through Life" a few months to grow on me before jumping to any drastic conclusions.And I must say I believe it to be a classic every bit as deserving as "Modern Times" or any other album for that matter.I do know that this album is quite a left turn from the last, and the last one was without a doubt a late career masterpiece by Bob.I also believe that because of this a lot of people are saying that it is a solid effort,but not quite as good as the last one.Though they are entitled to their opinion too I disagree strongly and think they might be having a little "Stage Fright itis".(the third album by "The Band" notoriously underrated)Maybe this is not a better album,but it is certainly as good as the last one.And having given it a few months to grow on me it sounds to me like Dylan is on a musical roll.His vocals have a punch to them that I have not heard for a while and other people have noted that his delivery of the lyrics is an art in itself.You know it's funny people never give Dylan credit for being a good singer yet the man does things with rhythm and emotion that a thousand "good singers" could not dream of."Beyond here lies Nothin" is as good of a start as "Thunder on the Mountain" was for "Modern Times".The instrumentation rocks,but is subtle at the same time and the way he sings "Nothin but the moon and Stars" is worth a million bucks.Another thing about this album that I have noticed is that the song's are shorter in length."Beyond here" is about 3 and a half minutes and many others are around that length too."Life is Hard" is a gorgeous ballad with a very emotional voacal that can easily get stuck in your head."My wife's home town" is a cool bluesy song with neat guitar and accordian.The accordian is featured throughout the album yet never overwhelms the song and nothing can grab my attention more than when Dylan sings "She's got stuff more potent than a gypsies curse!"I don't want to go into detail over every song on the album,but I will say their all classic's."Jolene","Shake Mama Shake","I Feel a Change Comin On",every song will grow on you if you let them.I always listen to music before I go to work and I am very picky over what I hear while sipping coffee before a day at work.I've listened to this album almost every day before work and always seem to have them stuck in my head while i'm there.I am not praising this album simply because the man is a legend,it is full of poetry and musicianship of the highest order and above all sincerity.Bob Dylan's heart goes into his work and I do believe he is on a roll right now.If you doubt it you should check out some of the live footage of him from the Rothbury festival."Together through Life" is an inspired album by an inspired artist.Their are now rumours of a Bob Dylan Christmas album.Don't know if their true,but I do know BOB DYLAN IS ON A ROLL,WATCH OUT!