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Modern Times

Bob Dylan Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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At a time when the majority of those his age are drifting into retirement, 65-year-old Bob Dylan has put the capper on a three-record run that ranks with the best in his storied, 44-album career. Like Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft before it, 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. Dylan's voice, which cracks, rasps and moans from the pop singer's pulpit, hasn't been this rich and emotive since 1976's Desire. And while his lyrics prolong his steadfast allusions to a higher power and his own immortality, they are not without the Dylan mirth, as when he sings of tracking pop queen Alicia Keys from Hell's Kitchen to Tennessee in "Thunder on the Mountain," the album's opener, which teams with "Someday Baby" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (for which Dylan misguidedly claims writing credit) as the record's most fiery numbers. Still, it's the Dylan that tells of a slave-loving owner ("Nettie Moore"), brings New Orleans to the front burner ("The Levee's Gonna Break") and plays the part of an eloquent lounge singer ("Spirit on the Water," "When the Deal Goes Down" and "Beyond the Horizon") that makes Modern Times sound just like old times. --Scott Holter

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BOB DYLAN Modern Times (2006 US CD album - Dylans 44th album is his 1st in 5 years and is seen as the 3rd release in an outstanding trilogy of recorded works alongside Time Out Of Mind & Love And Theft; featuring 10 new songs recorded winter2005 with Dylan on keyboards guitars harmonica and vocals accompanied by his touring band)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The CD and accompanying videos Aug. 29 2006
Format:Audio CD
I loved this album. Downloaded it this morning and just finished listening to it. No, I don't think it is Love and Theft Part II. Love and Theft -- to my mind -- remains his best album in the last 20 years;it just blew me away. This one, Modern Times, has a lovely mature feel to it, unlike Love and Theft which I felt was breaking new ground musically. Modern Times tunes are both relaxed and raw and are 'somewhat' an extension of some material on Love and Theft - but only marginally. I think Dylan's vocals are getting even better as he ages - he's learning how to use his voice in interesting ways to deal with aging vocal chords, which render his tunes a bit raspy and give it that weathered sound; then again, with Dylan, tempo is everything. The band is tight and his use of space and his timing, is exquisite - that's really why I listen to him. The lyrics as always, are beautiful and mark him as a poet. This album is lovely -- especially 'Spirit on the Water' and 'Nettie Moore', but these things are so subjective. The videos are equally compelling although I'd already seen two of them. Either way, I'm so happy to have new Dylan material to listen to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Bob Dylan for the last few years has been one of the most exiting artists rock has to offer. He has written a best selling book, toured extensively, and recorded two highly regarded albums, putting him in a late career renaissance

Starting with 2001's effort, LOVE AND THEFT, and now this album, MODERN TIMES, Bob Dylan has newly occupied musical territory. Dylan has broken new ground with both these releases. Nothing in post-millennium rock sounds anything like these two records, and for good reason. Bob Dylan has turned back the clock to pre-rock and roll, and recorded some of the most exiting music of his career, focusing solely on American traditional music.

Dylan came into critical acclaim with the 1997 album, TIME OUT OF MIND. His first album of original songs in seven years, TOOM won best album of the year at the Grammies, and the first of three critically acclaimed albums. MT has been marketed as the end of this "trilogy," but Dylan disagrees with that assessment. TOOM, great album that it is, sounds totally separate from L&T and MT and is an album unto itself, totally separate from the music found on the next two releases. Dylan said MT would be the second part of a trilogy, if there is going to be one, with L&T being the first part.

When LOVE AND THEFT was released, Dylan impressed the critics and the fans a second time in a row. L&T is a markedly different album than its predecessor, TIME OUT OF MIND, which is a much darker, aesthetically different album. MODERN TIMES is very much a companion album to L&T, and proves the methodology behind his 2001 effort was not a one off fluke. Dylan does a wide variety of traditional music on MT, from blues to ballads to crackerjack rock and roll to apocalyptic visions of oncoming doom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For full appreciation, listen to it TWICE! Aug. 29 2006
Format:Audio CD
Hard to believe that it's been five years since the last Dylan album...but Bob has indeed returned and, no fear, hasn't lost it at all. People have been calling "Modern Times" "Love And Theft Part 2" and it's easy to see why. Yet the new album goes further; it is definitely the third part of a trilogy starting with "Time Out Of Mind" (as Dylan himself has stated.)

The ten songs on "Modern Times" -Dylan throws in a funky cover of the blues standard "Rollin' And Tumblin'"; the rest are original- have a depth and substance to them a lot of the "TOOM" and "L&T" tracks lack. The shortest song on "Modern Times" is 4.55. His backing band is very sympathetic to the material; of late Dylan has been very disparaging of the modern recording process; true to form, he offers no slick production gimmicks here. The VOX organ, one of the trademarks of his last two albums, is nowhere to be found here. Lots of slide guitar, brush drums and tinkling piano. The music is quintessential roots music; my only complaint is only two of the tracks could be considered "up tempo". Having said that, "Modern Times" is an album you really won't get fully until the second listen.

Thematically, the album indeed seems to be about modern times: not taking the lead of his contemporaries like Neil Young on "Living With War", Dylan instead references 2006 culture and current events (Middle East conflicts, Hurricane Katrina) with subtlety. He has not lost his poetic touch one iota...you can tell a lot of thought went into the songs, both lyrically and musically.

All in all, "Modern Times" is a very impressive and rewarding listen. The bottom line is Bob Dylan has been consistently raising the bar with each of his last three studio albums..."Modern Times" is sure to shut up all those Dylan critics who still insist the man hasn't done anything of significance since "Blood On The Tracks"...where have they been since 1974?!
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At first listen, I felt a bit disappointed. Wondering what happended to the stories, where was the protest or anger? But like any good collection of recorded music, and this goes for only the good classic-to-be stuff, it just keeps on getting better with each listen.

Each song on within this collection has this "smooth" sound. That's about all I can come up with for descripton. Smooth....Bob Dylan, smooth? Yeah, really. And soulful too!

And the band backing Mr. Bob does right by him, and respects what is goin' down, subtle, and understated. Two numbers really stand-out for me, cut 2 and cut 7, Spirit On The Water & Beyond The Horizon.

Mr. Bob, you are still really cool. Folks, buy this Modern Times collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true sequel to his 2001 masterpiece "Love and Theft", May 3, 2007
Bob Dylan for the last few years has been one of the most exiting artists rock has to offer. He has written a best selling book, toured extensively, and recorded two highly... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Times
Bob Dylan's ability to remain current after so many years and so much music is simply amazing.
Published on June 28 2009 by Billy
4.0 out of 5 stars bad production
fantastico disco pero la producción flojea como es habitual en Dylan.En el caso de someday baby es desastroso
Published on Jan. 3 2008 by Ismael Osuna Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's Modern Magic
I wasn't so sure about this album before listening to it. Reviewers had been comparing it to Time Out of Mind and Love & Theft. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2007 by gnagfloW
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan in top form
This exceptionally melodious album opens with the catchy up-tempo track Thunder On The Mountain with its lilting beat which is followed by Spirit On The Water, a tender love song,... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2007 by Pieter Uys
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr Dylan, please comment (coherently) on your aesthetic
The plagiarism that permeates this album might arguably be acceptable if the artist were willing to comment on it or was able to demonstrate some kind of coherent motive behind his... Read more
Published on June 18 2007 by Blind Blake
4.0 out of 5 stars He's still got it
This album stands up to his best. The songwriting proves that the great poet of our time still has his magical touch.
Published on Nov. 13 2006 by spud
3.0 out of 5 stars MT -- songs without narrative
I did with this cd what I used to with newly bought records years ago - I took it home and, in the privacy and sanctity of a darkened room, listened to it. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2006 by Scotacus
2.0 out of 5 stars Jack Frost must have taken over Bob Dylan's body.
Modern Times is probably one of Dylan's weakest albums. Let's not take into account the Bob Dylan myth for a second and concentrate on the music. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2006 by Pulsar
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
Bob Dylan demonstrates, again, an artist in full control of his art. This is a wonderful album...it is a true oasis in the world of cover versions and imitations. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2006 by David T. Mathias
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