Modern Times - Bob Dylan
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  • Summary: Dylan's first studio release since his 2001 hit 'Love And Theft' is his 44th album overall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Intriguing, immediate, and quietly epic, Modern Times must rank among Dylan's finest albums.
  2. Modern Times may not contain a single song that would rank among Dylan's all-time best, but it doesn't have to.
  3. 100
    Love And Theft was quite unlike any other pop album--apart, that is, from Modern Times, its direct and audacious sequel. [Sep 2006, p.72]
  4. The biggest disappointment here is that Modern Times is probably Dylan's least-surprising release in decades-- it's the logical continuation of its predecessor, created with the same band he's been touring with for years, fed from familiar influences, and sprinkled with all the droll, anachronistic bits now long-expected.
  5. Here Dylan has written a great part and acts it out beautifully. And, as usual, everything is out in the open but nothing, absolutely nothing, is revealed.
  6. It's hard to hear Modern Times' music over the inevitable standing ovation and the thuds of middle-aged critics swooning in awe. When you do, you find something not unlike its predecessor, Love and Theft.
  7. Whereas Chaplin's sharply drawn social comment is rightly considered a modern classic, Dylan's Modern Times -- sung in a strangely affected croak you'd expect to hear from Leon Redbone's grandfather -- comes off like a feeble anachronism in which our man cynically attempts to pass off public-domain blues and folk tunes as his own by changing a few words.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 160
  1. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    The best Dylan album of the 2000s and possibly the best of his career so far. I prefer listening to it on vinyl, Spirit on the Water sounds a completely different song when on vinyl. Expand
  2. ChristianZ
    Sep 3, 2006
    10
    Holy . . . This is great music! I just sat back and let it wash over me. Dylan isn't just on a roll; he's like a phoenix. Time Out of Mind ruminated on death, Love and Theft sounded the prophecies, and now Modern Times combines those elements into a brand new sound for modern music. This is an album that ranks with his best. Yes, Blonde on Blonde, Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61, Blood on the Tracks, all of them. Listen to Modern Times back-to-back with any of his best and you will be converted. If it's true like he said that he's in his middle years, then long, long may he live! Expand
  3. aveehMcnelove
    Sep 30, 2006
    10
    And once agin, a 100% pure quality. the words and the meanings all togather, creating this one big beatiful pazzel of words who tells about freedom, forgivness and love. Way the go Bobby! Expand
  4. MattD.
    Aug 28, 2006
    9
    Great album! Many times, he shows his folk roots again. The thing preventing a 10 is Dylan's voice, which is too worn out to sustain the length of a couple of these songs. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2011
    9
    Spirit on the water says all what this album is about - "You think I'm over the hill, You think I'm past my prime,Let me see what you got..."
    Dylan emphatically proves he's still got plenty in the locker here. Following on strongly from Modern Theft, this is up there with the master songwriters best work. 10 tracks of the highest calibre. Country blues at it's best. His vocals are surprisingly good on this and the backing band he has here play a stormer as well.
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  6. AKish
    Aug 28, 2006
    8
    let's be realistic folks.
  7. jackL
    Sep 7, 2006
    0
    im bringing down the ratings

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