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Bob Dylan's first new album in five years, the highly-anticipated Modern Times includes 10 new songs recorded this past winter, and features Dylan on the keyboard, guitar, harmonica and vocals, and accompanied by his touring band. Modern Times is seen as the third release in an outstanding triology along with Time Out Of Mind and Love and Theft and is set to be another groundbreaking record for the music icon. Special edition of Modern Times will come with a bonus DVD featuring 4 additional songs and expanded booklet.
At a time when the majority of those his age are drifting into retirement, 65-year-old Bob Dylan has put the capper on a three-record run that ranks with the best in his storied, 44-album career. Like Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft before it, Modern Times is a rootsy, blues-soaked pool of the purest form of Americana--skipping the progressive bells or whistles for an understated backing by his touring band. Dylan's voice, which cracks, rasps and moans from the pop singer's pulpit, hasn't been this rich and emotive since 1976's Desire. And while his lyrics prolong his steadfast allusions to a higher power and his own immortality, they are not without the Dylan mirth, as when he sings of tracking pop queen Alicia Keys from Hell's Kitchen to Tennessee in "Thunder on the Mountain," the album's opener, which teams with "Someday Baby" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (for which Dylan misguidedly claims writing credit) as the record's most fiery numbers. Still, it's the Dylan that tells of a slave-loving owner ("Nettie Moore"), brings New Orleans to the front burner ("The Levee's Gonna Break") and plays the part of an eloquent lounge singer ("Spirit on the Water," "When the Deal Goes Down" and "Beyond the Horizon") that makes Modern Times sound just like old times. --Scott Holter
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Alot of credit must go out to Dylan's backing band who are excellent in providing tight and classy musical performances that are just as timeless and grandesque as Dylan's lyrics which weave in and out in phrasings and nuances that only Bob can pull off. His voice is in fine shape and he really works within its limitations by such great phrasing of the vocal lines.
There is a good dose of true and heartfelt lyrics which supplement his recent themes of an old dog down and out on his luck trying to keep adrift of changes in society in love, religion and philosophy.
"Workingman's Blues #2", "Ain't Talkin" and "The Levee's Gonna Break" is Dylan on his continuous search in trying to comprehend these modern times. These particular tunes, most in fact, are as strong any material Dylan has ever released in his career where he set the precedent of meaningful rock and roll.
Dylan continues to set precedent and this album will be considered a classic for hundreds of years to come and is by far the best album released this year.
Get this album which hit #1 in many countries, one of the few albums of modern times fitting of the honour.