Shadows in the Night

Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Ratings: #182 / 771
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2015 Ratings: #453
February 3, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Paste

Listening to Shadows In The Night is a surprisingly powerful experience.

90
No Ripcord

The artistry on Shadows In The Night is as sharp as ever, which is a welcome reminder of how Dylan’s songwriting is only half the story.

83
A.V. Club
Each of the tracks on this record carries a melancholy bent that Dylan wraps himself in. The weight of his experience is present in every line, every vocal tic, and every exhale.
80
AllMusic

The fact that the feel is so richly idiosyncratic is a testament to just how well he knows these tunes, and these slow, winding arrangements are why Shadows in the Night feels unexpectedly resonant: it's a testament to how deeply Dylan sees himself in these old songs.

80
Rolling Stone

Dylan transforms everything on Shadows in the Night — 10 slow-dance covers, mostly romantic standards from the pre-rock era of American popular songwriting — into a barely-there noir of bowed bass and throaty shivers of electric guitar.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

If Tempest was hellfire apocalypse romance, prophesied steampunk armageddon, then Shadows in The Night is the revelation of the true nature of the American songbook.

80
PopMatters

Shadows in the Night is clearly an act of love and honor.

80
The Line of Best Fit
By power-hosing these standards clean of the string-soaked syrup they've been drowning in for years, the songs are allowed to breathe.
75
Pretty Much Amazing

Shadows in the Night is a major downer, Dylan’s bleakest statement since he released the quintessential breakup album forty years ago.

70
Slant Magazine

Rather than settle for one more cheap jukebox tour through well-worn material, Shadows in the Night deepens the innate sorrow of these old tunes by establishing them on a long, irregular continuum, possessing the same inherent mutability as the folk songs of Dylan's early days.

70
Spin

Shadows in the Night shares its warm and spacious detail with 2006's Modern Times.

67
Consequence of Sound

While Shadows in the Night may ultimately be remembered as a brief detour on Dylan’s larger journey, it’d be a shame to dismiss this collection as a mere novelty or flight of whimsy.

62
Pitchfork
As the album progresses, the songs sound more and more emotionally muted, as though this style of American pop songwriting was good only for providing ruminative ambience rather than sophisticated humor, feisty insight, or infectious rhythm.
60
NME
It's all wildly self-indulgent, but pleasant enough.
60
Drowned in Sound

Shadows in the Night is an extremely well-made covers album that feels divorced from Dylan’s day-job.

zaxapitsa
NR
Listen to him say the words. Zero voice, unnatural phrasing.
beespray989
45
It pains me to throw out a bad rating on Mr. Bob Dylan. but damn man.
80
Sam Cooke had it right
Favorite Tracks: Stay With Me, The Night We Called It a Day, I'm a Fool to Want You, Autumn Leaves, What'll I Do, That Lucky Old Sun
Least Favorite Tracks: Full Moon and Empty Arms
Would I Recommend? Yes.
Dylan transforms each item on Shadows in the Night — 10 slow-dance covers, mostly romantic standards from the pre-rock era of American popular songwriter — into a barely-there noir of incline the body bass and throaty shivers of electric guitar.
NonkelHans
50
Mr. Zimmerman spoiled the fun for me by becoming a Christian. And he ain't no Sinatra either. From what I've heard.
tha138
60
Crooning in the night can be a pleasure for the elderly and a creative way to spend their time.
Especially for his fans.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#11/MOJO
#40/Uncut
#49/Rolling Stone
/The Telegraph

Track List

  1. I'm A Fool To Want You
  2. The Night We Called It A Day
  3. Stay With Me
  4. Autumn Leaves
  5. Why Try to Change Me Now
  6. Some Enchanted Evening
  7. Full Moon And Empty Arms
  8. Where Are You?
  9. What'll I Do
  10. That Lucky Old Sun
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