• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Feb 3, 2015
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
Buy On
  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
    His voice raw, pitchy and quivering, Dylan croons his way through elegantly crafted songs with seeming disinterest in flawless takes or perfect pitch. Yet it's profound, thematically devastating and so well curated as to feel essential.
  3. Jan 29, 2015
    100
    Shadows in the Night works as an unalloyed pleasure, rather than a research project. It may be the most straightforwardly enjoyable album Dylan’s made since Time Out of Mind.
  4. 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.
  5. Feb 11, 2015
    90
    The artistry on Shadows In The Night is as sharp as ever, which is a welcome reminder of how Dylan’s songwriting is only half the story. The emotional electricity of his albums stems from his composed and ardent delivery and the sonic poetry of the arrangements surrounding this delivery.
  6. Feb 3, 2015
    90
    Every performance on Shadows In The Night expresses a level of vocal maturity and intuition that he’s never quite reached before.
  7. 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]
  8. Feb 3, 2015
    83
    Due to the sparse, stripped-down arrangement of the music, there’s fortunately no place for him to hide, and his singing fits these songs much better than you might expect.
  9. Feb 13, 2015
    80
    What he has done here is more than a lark. He really loves what he’s singing, and it shows. And he has a lot still to teach us about the joys of music.
  10. 80
    That Shadows In The Night is almost as convincing is a welcome reminder that for all his understandable plaudits as a poet and songwriter, the latter-day Dylan is primarily a protector and reviver of arcane American music traditions--and, above all, a genuine vocal stylist.
  11. Feb 4, 2015
    80
    The music means the world to him, and it's wonderful.
  12. Feb 4, 2015
    80
    There’s no sarcasm, cynicism or irony on this disc; no hipster coolness, not vocal embellishments. Shadows in the Night is clearly an act of love and honor.
  13. Feb 4, 2015
    80
    If Tempest was hellfire apocalypse romance, prophesied steampunk armageddon, then Shadows in The Night is the revelation of the true nature of the American songbook.
  14. Feb 3, 2015
    80
    Far from an indulgent wallow in saccharine nostalgia--and disproving absurd accusations of a quick-buck dip into a fountain of easygoing oldies a la Rod Stewart--the album is lean and subtle
  15. Feb 3, 2015
    80
    [A] quietly provocative and compelling album.
  16. 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
  17. On the new Shadows in the Night, Dylan redefines the songs entirely, making them conform to his character rather than the other way around.
  18. Feb 2, 2015
    80
    The fact that the feel is so richly idiosyncratic is a testament to just how well he knows these tunes, and these slow, winding arrangements are why Shadows in the Night feels unexpectedly resonant: it's a testament to how deeply Dylan sees himself in these old songs.
  19. 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.
  20. 80
    The results have a lingering, languid charm, which does, as he suggests, help to liberate the material from the rusting manacles of big-band and cabaret mannerisms.
  21. 75
    Shadows doesn’t so much reimagine these songs as Dylan-ize them in exactly the way you’d expect.
  22. 75
    Shadows is no lark: it’s a gentle and undulating return to Dylan’s salad days.
  23. Feb 5, 2015
    70
    Dylan's voice does the same things it does for so many of his own songs: pries open unfamiliar seams of feeling inside phrases long abandoned to cliché. It helps that this may be the best-produced album of his career.
  24. 70
    Not every song thrives under Mr. Dylan’s treatment. “Some Enchanted Evening” is stiff, and “Why Try to Change Me Now” denies the song’s humor. But even when it falters, Shadows in the Night maintains its singular mood: lovesick, haunted, suspended between an inconsolable present and all the regrets of the past.
  25. Feb 2, 2015
    70
    The songs chosen are elegiac, and Dylan balances out any hints of winking self-awareness by freighting his new compositions with a heavy air of wistful sadness.
  26. Apr 9, 2015
    67
    The real treat in hearing Dylan rework tunes like "Autumn Leaves" is a slow-motion, humanistic view of how he finds the song's critical path.
  27. 67
    While Shadows in the Night may ultimately be remembered as a brief detour on Dylan’s larger journey, it’d be a shame to dismiss this collection as a mere novelty or flight of whimsy.
  28. Feb 3, 2015
    62
    For the more casual, less obsessive listener, it can be a bit of a snooze. The songs are well chosen and certainly revealing, but Dylan and his band play them all pretty much the same, sacrificing any sense of rhythm for stately ambience.
  29. Feb 5, 2015
    60
    Shadows in the Night is an extremely well-made covers album that feels divorced from Dylan’s day-job.
  30. It's all wildly self-indulgent, but pleasant enough.
  31. 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]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. 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!!!! Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »