Modern Times Review

artist: Bob Dylan date: 11/18/2006 category: compact discs
Bob Dylan: Modern Times
Release Date: Aug 29, 2006
Label: Columbia
Genres: Blues-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 10
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.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.7
Modern Times Reviewed by: AMERICAN PRICK, on november 18, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Dylan's newest album is of the highest quality; although some consider it disappointing, I totally disagree the album contains all the things you would expect form him great riffs lyrics and vocal quality and of course harmonica instrumentals. This album tries and to a high degree succeeds to fuse rock with blues. Dylan's lyrics as expected are powerful and meaning full. He makes use of his very throaty tone giving songs like 'Thunder On The Mountain' and 'Ain't Talkin' which is an epic song that leads you through an abyss Dylan is navigating the song ends as we loose Dylan in the murky outro. 'Workingman's Blues 2' is also an excellent track perhaps Dylan's most successful attempt at fusing his styles with blues. // 10

Lyrics: Songs such as 'Levee's Gonna Break and 'Someday Baby' and 'Workingman's Blues 2' are the core of the album with the rock&roll - blues feel in 'Someday Baby' to the slow melodic blues of 'Workingman's Blues 2' they combine to make this album a real experience. // 9

Overall Impression: This album is excellent I enjoyed listening to it extremely and believe it is a must own for any Dylan fan like myself I especially enjoyed 'Workingman's Blues 2'. This album is an excellent end to Dylan's conceptual trilogy of Time Out of Mind, "Love and Theft", Modern Times. The album has enjoyed numerous good reviews and is Dylan's first #1 album in the US since 1976's Desire, and it isn't hard to hear why this album certainly shows Dylan can still compete with the modern music scene with which this album is contending and was intended by Dylan to show how music should sound. // 10

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overall: 10
Modern Times Reviewed by: truthissoap, on november 18, 2006
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Sound: 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. // 10

Lyrics: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 10

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