It may be getting dark, but it isn't yet.
With the dark, dense "Time Out Of Mind", Bob Dylan finally delivered a truly great record again, superbly produced by Daniel Lanois.
Many of Dylan's 80's albums were marred by slick, glossy production, but this time the grit hasn't been sanded away, and Dylan's atmospheric songs sound appropriately raw and ominous.
And "Time Out Of Mind" is by far the strongest collection of music Dylan has put out since the 70s. The instrumentation is sparse, and the songs are blues and slow rock, highlighted by the raw, up-tempo "Dirt Road Blues", the sinister "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" and "Not Dark Yet", and the beautiful ballad "Make You Feel My Love", one of my favorite love songs.
But everything is worth a listen, really, making "Time Out Of Mind" one of the rare latter-day Dylan albums which truly meets his high standarts.
4 1/2 stars - highly recommended.