Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
Written by Nicholas Jennings    Sunday, 13 December 2009 01:00    PDF Print E-mail

Tags: 2009 | Bob Dylan | Reviews | Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through LifeThe last decade has been most fruitful for Bob Dylan. The acclaimed singer-songwriter created a trilogy of albums, with Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft and Modern Times, as strong as anything in his stellar discography. Meanwhile, he’s released a best-selling autobiography and enjoyed some prestigious exhibitions of his paintings.

Now the legendary artist, who has been compared to Mozart, Picasso and Shakespeare, has produced another masterpiece. Like his most recent albums, Together Through Life is full of compelling love songs, some with a dark twist. But the music has a raw, stripped-down sound that Bob likens to early blues and country recordings on the Chess and Sun labels. “I like the mood of those records—the intensity,” he admits. “There’s power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind.”

Together Through Life feels a lot like that: immediate and visceral. It also has the cinematic sound of border café music, owing to the plaintive accordion of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo. There are waltzes (“This Dream of You”) and Texas two-steps (“If You Ever Go to Houston”) and a lot of stomping, gut-bucket blues. And Mike Campbell, of Tom Petty’s the Heartbreakers, provides some snarling guitar work on “It’s All Good,” an ironic comment on the state of the American nation. On “I Feel a Change Comin’ On,” Bob sings “people tell me I got the blood of the land in my voice.” Sounding like a world-weary, gravely sage, he sure does.

April 2009




Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Reddit! Del.icio.us! Mixx! Free and Open Source Software News Google! Live! Facebook! StumbleUpon! TwitThis Joomla Free PHP
Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 January 2010 09:21 )
 

Reviews

News image

Teena Marie - Beautiful

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Ivory Queen of Soul recorded one final album before her death in 2010. Completed by daughter, this posthumous release will cement the singer’s status as an r&b great. Along...

News image

Molly Ringwald - Except Sometimes

2013 | Administrator | Sunday, 21 April 2013

She’s famous as a star of the Brat Pack teen movies. Now the Pretty in Pink actress has turned her attention to jazz. Ringwald’s debut is filled with lush standards,...

News image

Katrina Leskanich - Blisland

2014 | Administrator | Sunday, 7 September 2014

Katrina’s sail will be forever tied to “Walking on Sunshine,” the buoyant 1985 pop hit she sang with Katrina & the Waves. The feel-good song took the group around the...

News image

Rokia Traoré - Beautiful Africa

2013 | Administrator | Sunday, 30 June 2013

A genuinely boundary-busting artist, Traoré doesn’t follow in the footsteps of fellow Malian singers like Salif Keita or Oumou Sangaré. Thoroughly modern, she bridges songs in English, French and her...

Features

News image

The Midway State - From Riches to Rags and Back Again

2011 | Administrator | Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Nathan Ferraro doesn’t seem the least bit bitter—which is surprising, given everything he’s been through. In fact, the affable, afro-haired frontman exudes all the serenity...

News image

The Sadies

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Dallas and Travis Good have worked with Neil Young, author Margaret Atwood, Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie and actor Gordon Pinsent. But it was another Canadian...

News image

Hey Rosetta! - Literary songwriting worth yelling about

2012 | Administrator | Sunday, 4 March 2012

Tim Baker has a problem. As frontman for Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta!, one of Canada’s fastest-rising, hardest-working bands, he is touring for nine months of the...

News image

Kobo Town

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Drew Gonsalves laughs about how he had to leave Trinidad to discover the rich calypso tradition of his birthplace. As a teenager, he was far...