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New Bob Dylan album in April

Posted in blues, bob dylan by huckd on March 5, 2009

dylannewEver since Bob Dylan’s atmospheric and heart-drenched 1997 album “Time out of Mind,” the timeless folk-poet has released a run of albums that have tipped a high point in his long career. David Fricke of Rolling Stone reports that Dylan will be releasing a follow-up to “Modern Times” some time in “late April” that sounds like another solid effort from Jack Frost productions.

A few of the song titles include: “My Wife’s Hometown,” “It’s All Good,” “Beyond Here Lies Nothin,” “If You Ever Go to Houston,”and “This Dream of You.” Topics include the national crisis (“State gone broke, the county’s dry/Don’t be lookin’ at me with that evil eye”) and of course, heartbreak.

Fricke writes that the album has a “live-in-the-studio” feel like that of “Modern Times” and “Love and Theft,” contains hot-blues-jumps, plenty of accordion (via Los Lobos member David Hidalgo), gritty-country tunes and best of all: “has a seductive border-cafe feel.”

Like some of his most memorable recent songs, Dylan takes some of the best elements of Americana and fuses that into one timeless ballad that name drops intellectuals and obscure country and blues artists. Looks like he’ll do it again with “I Feel A Change Comin’ On”: “I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver/And I’m reading James Joyce/Some people tell me I got the blood of the land in my voice.” The rhythmic quality of the words has a similar feel to his “Time Out of Mind” album anthem closer “Highlands”: “I’m listening to Neil Young, I gotta turn up the sound/Someone’s always yelling turn it down/Feel like I’m drifting/Drifting from scene the scene/I’m wondering what in the devil could it all possibly mean?”

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