It is often said that Dylan's 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks, is the darkest, most painful album one is ever likely to hear. I would say that Time Out Of Mind, though, is a much darker record, and as a consequence is probably the only album Dylan's made since Blood On The Tracks that is of a similar standard. Whilst there were occasional glimpses of light on a few songs on Blood On The Tracks, here we see Dylan descending further and further into depression with every song. The music is haunting, evocative, beautiful. Dylan's voice, however much it may be criticised, could not be more perfect for these songs. And of course, Daniel Lanois' production adds whole dimensions to the songs. Lyrically, once more, this is one of his finest efforts - the dazzling imagery of his earlier work is gone; here Dylan uses stark, simple language, but it is perhaps more powerful than more renowned lyrical efforts like Blonde On Blonde. Lines like "I'm strolling through the lonely graveyard of my mind" or "I feel like the whole world's got me pinned up against the fence" are probably as good an indication as any of what to expect here. This is a dark, depressing album. It is also one of the greatest albums made by the man who is probably the greatest songwriter alive today.