Together Through Life

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2009
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 68
  2. Negative: 3 out of 68

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  1. FabioL
    Jun 7, 2009
    5
    All I can say is this is mediocre. This album has two good songs and the others are forgettable... but worse! NOT THAT GOOD!! Not just by Bob Dylan standards... but by any really. I'm seeing him in concert in two months and I PRAY he excludes this entire disc from his song line-up. Doubt that will happen though.
  2. ArthurM.
    Aug 4, 2009
    5
    I like Dylan and I don't begrudge him turning out a casual set of formulaic songs like this -- i just wish it were a better set than this, and not so meretricious. I also wish reviewers could accept that Dylan is as inconsistent and at times as mediocre since his peak in the 1960's as others of his generation are. Witness the equally inconsistent and at times the equally I like Dylan and I don't begrudge him turning out a casual set of formulaic songs like this -- i just wish it were a better set than this, and not so meretricious. I also wish reviewers could accept that Dylan is as inconsistent and at times as mediocre since his peak in the 1960's as others of his generation are. Witness the equally inconsistent and at times the equally mediocre Paul McCartney -- who, nonetheless, has put out a better string of records the past dozen years or so than Dylan has, albeit, to much less acclaim. Expand
  3. JoeW.
    Jun 19, 2009
    5
    Nothing special from Dylan, the album doesn't have the same charm that his last 3 great albums had. Some good tunes though, especially Beyond Here Lies Nothin' and the accordion is an interesting touch (though overused).
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    Ever since he figured out how to write tough-buzzard songs, on his 1997 comeback Time Out of Mind, he’s been knocking them out of the park. This one leans hard on ready-made blues in the citified-country-ways style of Chess Records.
  2. There is a grim magnetism coursing through these 10 new songs--and most of it is in Dylan's vividly battered singing.
  3. 60
    Having long since traded abstraction for irascibility and wistfulness, Dylan still offers flashes of black humor (“Hell is my wife’s hometown”) over the ten songs, but the fatalism that’s marked much of his recent work is in short supply.