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  • Summary: The latest release for the singer/songwriter was produced by Jack Frost.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    The album’s a gas, a riot, a hoot.
  2. For all the pain and peril of the lyrics, there’s a lot of sly humor, too, underlined by the album’s loose, joyful sound.
  3. Only a few songs ('Beyond Here Lie’s Nothin’,' 'Shake Shake Mama,' and 'I Feel a Change Comin’ On') really jump out of the grooves and the rest sounds like our greatest living songwriter coasting a bit--which is a whole lot better than not giving a shit ("Self Portrait") or flailing around aimlessly (pick an 80s record).
  4. Together Through Life is reliable, steady, willing to give if you’re willing to receive.
  5. In a time where we could have fairly expected another state-of-the-world sermon, Dylan's thankfully stopped the overdone end-is-nigh bell-ringing that's characterised his late-period, allowing the ghosts of romances past and present to permeate Together Through Life.
  6. Together Through Life is not by any yardstick classic Dylan. Even so, it's hard to imagine there's an item in his catalogue that he adores more. [Jun 2009,p.116]
  7. Closer 'It's All Good' offers the disc's best song, a brilliant idea and hook whose lyrics deserved more investment than that lent by Dylan and his collaborator, Grateful Dead word whisperer Robert Hunter. Beyond that lies nothin' except a wasteland, with nary a pulse for Life's second act.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. LeeO.
    Jul 20, 2009
    10
    This sounds like what the Band wished they sounded like 40 years ago, and Dylan doesn't sound like a spoiled pissed off 20 something but This sounds like what the Band wished they sounded like 40 years ago, and Dylan doesn't sound like a spoiled pissed off 20 something but an old guy who still knows how to rock. I think this is one of his very best. Expand
  2. ingoq
    Apr 30, 2009
    10
    A really amazing album. great tunes, interesting lyrics, not as simple as it seems at first listening. better than modern times (at least for A really amazing album. great tunes, interesting lyrics, not as simple as it seems at first listening. better than modern times (at least for me). it's good that dylan doesn't repeat what he did before. again dylan surprised me. Expand
  3. SeanR
    May 2, 2009
    10
    This album has all the elements that critics have lavished praise on from Dylan's last two albums. Suddenly, these same elements are This album has all the elements that critics have lavished praise on from Dylan's last two albums. Suddenly, these same elements are "stale" or "nostalgic." They may be, but if they are, they have been for the last few decades and didn't become so between the release of Modern Times and Together Through LIfe. Expand
  4. JimM
    Apr 28, 2009
    9
    Maybe it's not as polished as his last three albums, but Together Through Life is a nice trip along the Texas border, with a combination Maybe it's not as polished as his last three albums, but Together Through Life is a nice trip along the Texas border, with a combination of blues, rockabilly and mexicana bar music. It has the feel of a Western movie. The songs, especially the lyrics, are pretty simple (like Nashville Skyline and New Morning), it's a welcome break from the depths of the Time Out of Mind-Love & Theft-Modern Times triology. Dylan stretches his worn-out voice to its limits on My Wife's Home Town, mixing humor and romance. It's not an album for dissecting the meaning of lyrics, but for kicking back and enjoying the moment. This Bob is horny and ornery. Expand
  5. sameerV
    Apr 29, 2009
    9
    I dig the album. the songs arent as memorable as the ones on modern times or time out of mind but they're still damn good. i don't I dig the album. the songs arent as memorable as the ones on modern times or time out of mind but they're still damn good. i don't understand a lot of the reviews. the albums works great as a whole. songwriting's great. probably the best album I've heard this year so far. Expand
  6. RandallJ
    Apr 30, 2009
    8
    Good time music for bad times. This "new" band has finally come into its own. The mix of Chess blues and Mexicali sounds make this a more Good time music for bad times. This "new" band has finally come into its own. The mix of Chess blues and Mexicali sounds make this a more enjoyable album than the studied and austere Modern Times. Dylan's voice may have deteriorated but he's making the most of its limitations. There's more nuance and personality than ever. Sonically, it may be Bob's best self-production to date. Some listeners may not enjoy the accordian as much as I do. Expand
  7. EoinO
    May 20, 2009
    3
    Dylan is has sold has been living off his reputation and brainwashed fans for years now. How anyone can listen to this elevator music and Dylan is has sold has been living off his reputation and brainwashed fans for years now. How anyone can listen to this elevator music and rate it is beyond me. You people are no different from the commercial sheep who love whatever is at No1. Bob Dylan could release a techno/house album and you guys would buy it, and love it. Try to take a step back and listen to how poor his music has become. Expand

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