AOTY 2018

Fallen Angels

Bob Dylan - Fallen Angels
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Ratings: #323 / 758
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
2016 Ratings: #508
May 20, 2016 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NOW Magazine

Fallen Angels is a hazy, laid-back history lesson with as many enigmatic twists and turns as a classic double-cross caper. It subverts archetypes of romance, heroism and interpersonal connection to reveal something more sinister about human intent, all packaged in beautiful musicianship of the highest order.

85
Paste

Fallen Angels is ... a hell of an enjoyable album to listen to, and one that I’m sure will be appreciated far more with the passage of time.

83
Entertainment Weekly
Dylan alights on these words with a wry delicacy. His voice may be husky and damaged from decades of performing, but there’s beauty to its character.
83
A.V. Club

For whippersnappers, Fallen Angels is a reminder that great poetry and complex emotions existed in American song well before 1962.

80
AllMusic
The results are understated yet extraordinary, an idiosyncratic, romantic vision of 20th century America.
80
Mojo
What Dylan gives us in these recordings is something of a sentimental memoir.
75
The 405

Fallen Angels is cast in a wistful glow that is hard to resist. It isn't the jazzy dirge of Bowie's Blackstar, but one can feel that old age and mortality is nagging at Dylan.

70
Rolling Stone
It's really not far removed from where Dylan began, taking America's temperature through traditional folk and blues.
70
PopMatters

It’s not on the same level as Shadows in the Night, which is darker, more emotionally intense and an altogether more potent experience. At times Fallen Angels feels a bit lightweight in comparison. Still, it’s a touching tribute to Dylan’s continued passion for music, his love of performing and a celebration of some damn good songs.

75
I was a bit disappointed that he hasn't release an album with own songs. All in all he and his band sound nice with that good old traditional pop music. But all the critics praised his voice and I didn't agree with them. In my opinion in blues or folk rock songs his memorable voice matches better.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#20/MOJO

Track List

  1. Young at Heart
  2. Maybe You'll Be There
  3. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  4. All the Way
  5. Skylark
  6. Nevertheless
  7. All or Nothing at All
  8. On a Little Street in Singapore
  9. It Had to Be You
  10. Melancholy Mood
  11. That Old Black Magic
  12. Come Rain or Come Shine
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Added on: April 7, 2016