Shadows in the Night

Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night
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Based on 30 reviews
2015 Ratings: #91 / 978
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Based on 68 ratings
2015 Ratings: #405
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Listening to Shadows In The Night is a surprisingly powerful experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.
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.

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.


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

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.

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.
It's all wildly self-indulgent, but pleasant enough.
Drowned in Sound

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


This is Dylan just getting into the healing process he needed.

I know there are a lot of people who think "Tempest" was a great record, but at least for me it is just a regular album, performing the same musical approach Dylan was doing for the last 20 years (challenging level zero) which also gave us one of Bob's poorer vocal performances in decades (which with all the love I have for the guy, let's agree it is not a little thing to say).

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Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night is one of the more mediocre listening experiences I've had to Dylan's discography. Very little stuck with me from here and remembering what this album even sounded like was difficult. I get that this is essentially a covers album but he didn't do a great job of making it interesting enough to justify it be among the rest of his albums.


I'm a Fool to Want You ~ ★★★☆☆
The Night We Called It a Day ~ ★★☆☆☆
Stay With Me ~ ★★★☆☆
Autumn Leaves ~ ★★★☆☆
Why Try to Change Me Now ~ ★★★★☆
Some Enchanted Evening ~ ★★★☆☆
Full Moon And Empty Arms ~ ★★★☆☆
Where Are You? ~ ★★★☆☆
What'll I Do ~ ★★★☆☆
That Lucky Old Sun ~ ★★★☆☆

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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

Year End Lists

#49/Rolling Stone
/The Telegraph
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Added on: December 22, 2014