Arguably the most legendary figure in all of rock history, Bob Dylan presents his first new album of new material in eight years, and his 39th altogether. Spanning 70 minutes and containing the 17-minute long single ‘Murder Most Foul’, Rough And Rowdy Ways sees an artist approaching his 79th birthday in some of his best lyrical form in recent memory.
Vinyl Double LP £22.99 19439780991
Black vinyl 2LP on Columbia housed in a gatefold sleeve.
CD £14.49 19439780982
2CD on Columbia.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £25.49 19439783421
Olive coloured vinyl 2LP on Columbia housed in a gatefold sleeve.
- Coloured vinyl
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9/10 Gregor 7th July 2020
This album is surprising and unsurprising at the same time. The former because Bob spent three years on the songbook trail before delivering the goods this year, the latter because, well, 1997-2012 for me is one of the very best periods of his career outside of the trilogy of classics from the mid 60s and as well as the moderate resurgence of quality in the mid 70s.
It isn't just a continuation of what he achieved in the 10s, it's far more startling than that since a lot of this record is just listening to him; the band mostly takes a backseat to provide framing for his words. The words themselves being more like a play on what preceded in a way only he could really achieve at this stage in his career. It's bleak, yet provokes a reason to listen.
Dylan fans will love it, non-fans won't feel any differently, but I'm just glad there's still something left in the tank in Key West.
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