Sound — 10
The scope of this album does what "Time Out Of Mind" and "Love And Theft" could not: capture the mortality of man and the broadscope of American-styles of music. In it, while singing of pain and loss and the joys of feeling the arms of a loved-one, he switches the tune from a simple two-step, plain folk and hearty blues. If you are into harder styles of music, why are you reading this review in the first place? But if you want to listen to music that makes you want to walk the backroads to the store and buy a soda for five cents, this is the album for you.
Lyrics — 10
Bob Dylan is no singer, so when listening to him, one should just expect to understand the words he says. After that one has the whole new task of decyphering what the hell he is talking about. Nonetheless, Dylan is capable of being bitter, tender and mischeivious in the same song. My personal favorites on the album are "Nettie Moore" and "Beyond the Horizon". If Johnny Cash, God rest his soul, were still alive, he would cover "Nettie Moore" in a heartbeat. I think Dylan wrote it with Cash in mind.
Overall Impression — 10
Is the album a masterpiece? Yes. Is it the work of a genius? Yes. Do we expect anything less of Dylan? Of course not. But when you consider that Dylan is now 65 years old and manages to create a seminal work, it only makes the piece as a whole even more gratifying. Buy this album.