Well, I tried to like this album when it was released and in many ways, I did like it a lot. Strangely, perhaps to some, I preferred the lyrics to the actual music. In recent years I have undergone some changes in my tastes in music, maybe one could even suggest 'maturing' (or maybe just getting older!). The thing that I now love about certain records, over everything else, is passion and sincerity, on which platform an artist can produce genuinely meaningful work. What I recognise about this album now, is that it is a masterwork. The vocal performances of Dylan and his amazing backup singers are passionate, heartfelt and intense. The band is road-hardened and ready to deliver what sounds like a live recording of very few takes. True to the spirit of the original [black] gospel sound I have no doubt that Dylan, always (I believe) a respecter of his musical forebears, pays tribute to the many great known & unknown performers of this wonderful genre. It's pure, unadulterated gospel music and is also an uncompromising and unrestrained rock and roll outburst. Quite simply, I love it and consider it to be one of his very best works.