Album Of The Week: Bob Dylan – Rough And Rowdy Ways

By Live4ever - Posted on 27 Jun 2020 at 5:48am

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Our editor’s pick of the albums reviewed on these pages during the past seven days is Rough And Rowdy Ways, the first collection of brand new music from Bob Dylan since 2012 – revisit the 8.5/10 review and check out the album via Spotify:

“The greatest troubadour in town is back.”

“He also turns 80 next year. He won’t be the first of the 1960s generation to do so, but it will feel significant – albeit probably least of all to Bob Dylan himself, as he’s been ruminating about death for over twenty years.”

“Ever since the ‘return to form’ album Time Out Of Mind, the spectre of Father Time has been prominent in Dylan’s work. So, unsurprisingly, it plays a big part on Rough And Rowdy Ways, his 39th studio album. Yet, where he once addressed mortality, here he takes a step back and views how the world has changed and how it also repeats itself.”

“The best example of this is Murder Most Foul, released as a 17-minute comeback single (remarkably his first No.1 on the Billboards), the lyrics commence at the assassination of JFK (the titular murder) and thereafter become a potted history of pop culture. It’s quite an undertaking, and wisely the track is left for last on the album. As insightful as it is (and worthy of its run time), for any listeners opting to succumb to Dylan’s genius for the first time it would be off-putting.”

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