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  • Audio CD (Aug. 29 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000GFLAI0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thunder On The Mountain
2. Spirit On The Water
3. Rollin' and Tumblin'
4. When The Deal Goes Down
5. Someday Baby
6. Workingman's Blues #2
7. Beyond The Horizon
8. Nettie Moore
9. The Levee's Gonna Break
10. Ain't Talkin'

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Bob Dylan's first new album in five years, the highly-anticipated Modern Times includes 10 new songs recorded this past winter, and features Dylan on the keyboard, guitar, harmonica and vocals, and accompanied by his touring band. Modern Times is seen as the third release in an outstanding triology along with Time Out Of Mind and Love and Theft and is set to be another groundbreaking record for the music icon.


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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MK on 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 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 1 2012
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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By gnagfloW on Nov. 1 2007
Format: Audio CD
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. I do like Time Out of Mind despite it lacking the warmth found on the other album Dylan made with producer Daniel Lanois, Oh Mercy (which is among my favorite Dylan albums). Love & Theft was, however, an album that I really do not like. The songs on that album lack cohesion and the production is somewhat muddled.

Although Modern Times does not differ a great deal from Love & Theft, the difference lies first and foremost in the more direct melodies and a crystal clear but yet warm production. From my standpoint, it is as if Love & Theft were from the same recording sessions, simply the songs on it were B-sides with all the worthwhile material making it to Modern Times.

The highlight of this album is Workingman's Blues #2, with subtle passion and emotion throughout. Other highlights include Spirit on the Water, Beyond the Horizon and When the Deals Goes Down. The only track resembling being a filler is Someday Baby.

This album is in mine opinion close to being as good as Oh Mercy. The mystic sound that makes Oh Mercy so special (recorded in New Orleans) is, however, lacking. That layered sound is probably among Lanois major contribution but he is nowhere to be found on Modern Times. Despite the production being crystal clear, the music is so delicately played that it doesn't hinder the album from having a warm feeling. This is Dylan's best record since Oh Mercy and among his best in his career. At 65, he still has some magic left in him.
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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2007
Format: Audio CD
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, also tuneful and engaging with nice touches of harmonica. Rollin' And Tumblin' with its snatches of jangling guitar is a succulent slice of folk rock.

One of the highlights on this impressive work with its outstanding songs is the melancholy When The Deal Goes Down, a philosophical musing on the journey of life, on mortality and loyalty, with a beautiful melody and moving poetic lyrics, like the track Where Teardrops Fall on Oh Mercy.

The tempo picks up again for Someday Baby, a rhythmic pop number, before the mood turns serious for Workingman's Blues, a flowing ballad, and then somber turns to sad on the poignant Beyond The Horizon with its redemptive imagery.

There is another stirring love song in the form of Nettie Moore, a slow soulful number with clever lyrical twists and a spiritual undertone, whilst The Levee's Gonna Break is another rhythmic up-tempo track with a gripping melody, and the album concludes with the bluesy Aint' Talkin', a long atmospheric excursion.

The powerful songs on Modern Times are delivered with guitars, bass, cello, piano, percussion, drums, violin, viola and mandolin for a rich, full sound and Dylan's voice sounds great. I highly recommend this brilliant album which is on a par with his best work of recent years such as Time Out Of Mind.
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