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  • Summary: Produced by Jack Frost, the 36th studio release for the singer-songwriter features pop standards popularized by Frank Sinatra.
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Stay With me
Should my heart not be humble Should my eyes fail to see Should my feet sometimes stumble On the way, stay with me Like the lamb that in... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Feb 9, 2015
    100
    This extraordinary record is more refreshing burst than last gasp and its timelessness speaks more to life than death.
  2. Jan 29, 2015
    100
    Some will scoff, but imagine a beloved grandfather at a family gathering singing ballads of love and yearning from his lost youth, and you will get some idea of the power of this extraordinary record.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 29, 2015
    90
    As a celebration of classic songcraft, it is as sincere as any of Dylan's many forays into traditional American roots idioms. [Mar 2015, p.65]
  4. 80
    The pace of Shadows doesn’t vary from a stately waltz time, even on the 4/4 tracks. The treatments are of a piece: Dylan’s lived-in croon to the fore, breathing close to the mic as his heroically discreet band swoon and groan around him.
  5. Feb 3, 2015
    80
    Making the most of Capitol's Studio B--a Los Angeles landmark where Sinatra recorded--Dylan captures his band live, with stirring intimacy. As curator, he gets credit for avoiding obvious hits like "Stardust" and "Fly Me to the Moon," instead picking "Why Try to Change Me Now?" and the show-stopping closer, "That Lucky Old Sun," an old sufferer's plea for relief
  6. 75
    Shadows is no lark: it’s a gentle and undulating return to Dylan’s salad days.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jan 29, 2015
    60
    He mostly rises to the occasion. What the vocals lack in beauty, they make up in expressiveness. [Mar 2015, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 3, 2015
    10
    Shadows in the Night is a very good album. People seem to be passing judgement on it before even listening to it. Bob sounds good and so doesShadows in the Night is a very good album. People seem to be passing judgement on it before even listening to it. Bob sounds good and so does the band. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2015
    10
    This is an enchanting recording full of depth of emotions with a wonderful selection. I never imagined Dylan singing Sinatra tunes but he doesThis is an enchanting recording full of depth of emotions with a wonderful selection. I never imagined Dylan singing Sinatra tunes but he does it beautifully. He feels the songs in him and i did also. Take the time to sit quietly and appreciate it . You will not be disappointed. Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2015
    2
    With only 2 good songs nr 2 and 5 the rest is just plain stupid.The style does not suit Dylan at all and it's a weird choice to cover thisWith only 2 good songs nr 2 and 5 the rest is just plain stupid.The style does not suit Dylan at all and it's a weird choice to cover this guy.....get back on track Bob!!! And people give this a 10 arghhhhh!!! Are you really a music fan or just a stupid Bob dylan fan(who like all his music) then let me wake you up....most of his work just sucks and most of his music is just bad,but when he makes a good song it is really really good and for me that are like 25 songs in his whole carreer!!!! Expand

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