Time Out of Mind by Bob Dylan

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Time Out of Mind by Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind by Bob Dylan

Album Released: 1997

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1.Love Sick5:21
2.Dirt Road Blues3:36
3.Standing In The Doorway7:43
4.Million Miles5:52
5.Tryin' To Get To Heaven5:21
6.'Til I Fell In Love With You5:17
7.Not Dark Yet6:29
8.Cold Irons Bound7:15
9.Make You Feel My Love3:32
10.Can't Wait5:47


As can be surmised from my Stones reviews, blues ain't my cup of meat. Sure, I like brisk 12-bar rockers and bluesy guitar licks, but the genuine grumpy southern Blues doesn't do much for me. And Time Out of Mind is pretty much all slow blues.

This album was widely acclaimed by the critics, and even won the an 'Album of the Year' Grammy (placing Dylan alongside the esteemed company of Toto, Celine Dion, and Phil Collins), but that was mostly because everyone was glad Dylan hadn't died (he'd had a heart infection).

The music itself is dullsville, and the lyrics don't go anywhere either. There are two numbers that stand out though ... firstly, "Make You Feel My Love" has the usual trite rhymes, but a subtle gorgeous melody that Dylan massacres, which accounts for the round of Nashville covers that followed (I prefer Trisha Yearwood's version).

And secondly, "Highlands" has even less musical content than most of the songs - literally just one guitar lick - over and over, but is perversely stretched out to Topographic Oceans length with twenty verses, seven of which are dedicated to a failed attempt at ordering eggs in a restaurant. It's amusing the first time, infuriating thereafter.

It's hard to say much about the rest of the album. Dylan affects his 'look Ma, I'm a bluesman' voice, and he sings obvious sentiments (heartbreak is bad, growing old isn't fun) with lazy phrasing, and the production is swampy beyond belief. This is the kind of music they play at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant chain, on 'Blues & Barbecue' night.

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Time Out of Mind was Dylan's first album of new original material for six years, and his first new studio album for four years. Daniel Lanois was back in the fold, and together with Dylan was searching for a way to make the album sound like an old vinyl record in a digital age, the idea being that it would simultaneously sound new and old.

Add a handful of impressive new Dylan songs, and the result is the most critically-acclaimed Dylan album since Desire if not Blood on the Tracks.

Dylan suffered a serious illness shortly after the recording of the album, which very nearly killed him. And many of these songs seem somewhat deathly in tone, although Dylan got very agitated in a Mojo magazine interview, when the interviewer suggest that Time Out of Mind was sombre. Dylan nearly exploded, pointing out this was just a collection of songs - if you want sombre tones, just look at what is happening in this world!

Anyways, I was astounded when I first heard "Love Sick". Truly. It sounds both modern and old - timeless - it could've been recorded during virtually any decade bar the 80's (they had a sound all their own). It's also a fantastic, scary, and wonderful piece of work, and worth getting the album for that one song alone.

The second song "Dirt Road Blues" is similarly stupendous, sounding as good as anything from the first half of Bringing It All Back Home. And whilst "Standing In the Doorway" is far more straightforward than either of those first two songs, it's as equally captivating, stretching over nearly eight minutes yet listenable for each and every one.

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