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Rolling Stone

This music is relaxed; it has nothing to prove. It is music of accumulated knowledge, it knows every move, anticipates every step before you take it.

Much more than the Alicia Keys anecdote.

Unfortunately in order to really understand “Modern Times'' (and fully appreciate most of the critics around it), first you need to listen to “Love and Theft”. Going to the 2001 release is going to allow you to better appreciate the subtleties you’re going to find in Modern Times, because this one is indeed an album of subtleties, that clearly requires for you to sit and listen (no first impressions are good for this release). ... read more
Modern Times may be a small disappointment after two really good albums, but it shows something that has sorely been missing from Dylan's output in decades. It shows consistency. It feels like it's gone back to the time when even his weakest outings were albums that you could easily fall in love with. Modern Times may be the weakest, least interesting and least enjoyable album of the past few years, but it's still well above the bar.

Modern Times in general was doomed to be a pretty divisive ... read more
This guy just doesn’t get tired of making amazing music.
I like the country blues style of this album a lot. However Dylan's voice sounds absolutely horrendous. He sounds like Palpatine after his lightning is reflected back at him. It really detracts from listening to his great lyrics when you can't focus on anything besides how horrible his voice is. I am a Dylan hater though and can't stand his voice even on his older albums, but it is almost unbearable in this.
The new bob dylan is old, gravelly, and sounds like a weathered cowboy; but he keeps you completely enraptured in this post 2000s country blues album.
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Track List

  1. Thunder On The Mountain
  2. Spirit On The Water
  3. Rollin' And Tumblin'
  4. When The Deal Goes Down
  5. Someday Baby
  6. Workingman's Blues #2
  7. Beyond The Horizon
  8. Nettie Moore
  9. The Levee's Gonna Break
  10. Ain't Talkin'
  11. Love Sick
  12. Can't Wait
  13. Million Miles
  14. Cold Irons Bound

Year End Lists

#1/Rolling Stone
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