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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    This is technical, and so I don't understand, but are their songs you can reference so I might understand which songs he squeezed the soul out of? Not a jokey question, by the way, I'm always curious about this technical stuff...
    Dylan is an amalgram of Americana with roots in a number of important veins. Blues is one of them. Dylan has always considered himself to be part bluesman.

    The flattened 3rd and 7th are the notes of the blues scale that differ from the major scale. If one uses the blues scale, it is the way that one sprinkles those notes in a song to reflect the emotional content of the lyrics that may be viewed as a "compositional method." Dylan has his own way of doing this. It can be something as simple as the guitar riff for Meet Me In The Morning or as complex and as rich as the Time Out Of Mind album.

    Perhaps "squeeze the soul" is a confusing expression. Let me try another that is closer to the bone...to, as Anne Sexton once wrote, "wear your inside out." She was good at it, so is Dylan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    I have the new one on pre-order along with the new Neil Young. Roll on next Friday!!
    Two excellent choices! I may eventually grab one or both in due time.
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    3 sleeps to go til this is released.

    The reviews have been ecstatic, and generally you could take this with a pinch of salt, but this time there hadn't been a single rebel voice, no renegade asking why the other critics have gone AWOL and lost their collective sycophantic heads, usually it's Alexis Petridis in the Guardian, but he 5-starred it, so the critics may actually be wholly credible.

    Until this intrepid voice stood up and exclaimed that Bob is.............................................OLD!

    Bob Dylan's place among the Greats is not a fact for debating. When you lift an old Dylan record down from the loft or fish it out from the record shelf, it’s a joy to wipe the dust from its cover and balance it under the player's needle. The problem is that with Rough and Rowdy Ways, the dust comes caked in. This is certainly an album that could hold its own next to some of Dylan’s best. But Dylan’s best are more than forty years behind him.
    I take from this that it's "an album that could hold its own next to some of Dylan's best", so still a rave review, of sorts...
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    I do not believe that Dylan's best are more than 40 years behind him. Some of them are great of course, but I believe "Modern Times" is one of the best albums he ever did (I mentioned it in the thread below: "Dylan's Triplicate"). "Oh Mercy" and "Time Out of Mind" are also fantastic. "Together Through Life" also has a bunch of gems. I think history and critics will eventually catch up to the genius of "Modern Times." They're too stuck in yesterday to realize now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varick View Post
    I do not believe that Dylan's best are more than 40 years behind him. Some of them are great of course, but I believe "Modern Times" is one of the best albums he ever did (I mentioned it in the thread below: "Dylan's Triplicate"). "Oh Mercy" and "Time Out of Mind" are also fantastic. "Together Through Life" also has a bunch of gems. I think history and critics will eventually catch up to the genius of "Modern Times." They're too stuck in yesterday to realize now.

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    Modern Times took a while to grow on me, I have to admit. I think Beyond the Horizon queered the pitch for me, it still hasn't grown on me. Nettie Moore is one of his greatest songs, though. I think it's immense. "Love and Theft" is a huge work too. It has a wild feel, spontaneous and out of control. I get the feeling this new one will feel the same - I get the feeling he's gotten his mojo back!
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    I kinda love this record! Anybody else listened to it yet? Highlights? Lowlights?
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