12 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bob Dylan’s renewed creative roll that kickstarted on 1997’s Time Out of Mind continues through this 2001 album. With a warm sense of nostalgia he celebrates various forms of American music: There’s rockabilly (the romping “Summer Days”), Appalachian styles (the apocalyptic “High Water (For Charley Patton)”), electric blues (the searing “Cry a While”), folk-rock (the beautiful, jangly “Mississippi”), and even Bing Crosby-styled pop (“Moonlight”). By “Sugar Baby,” the album’s folky finale, Dylan’s the grizzled storyteller informing us convincingly that existence “seems like some dirty trick.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bob Dylan’s renewed creative roll that kickstarted on 1997’s Time Out of Mind continues through this 2001 album. With a warm sense of nostalgia he celebrates various forms of American music: There’s rockabilly (the romping “Summer Days”), Appalachian styles (the apocalyptic “High Water (For Charley Patton)”), electric blues (the searing “Cry a While”), folk-rock (the beautiful, jangly “Mississippi”), and even Bing Crosby-styled pop (“Moonlight”). By “Sugar Baby,” the album’s folky finale, Dylan’s the grizzled storyteller informing us convincingly that existence “seems like some dirty trick.”

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