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  • Summary: The second solo album for the former frontman of The Wallflowers was produced by T-Bone Burnett.

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Nothing But The Whole Wide World
Nothing but the whole wide world to gain Nothing, nothing Got nothing but the whole wide world to gain Nothing, nothing Got nothing but the whole... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Dylan's newest album, Women and Country, explores fuller arrangements that better complement his simple but significant lyrics.
  2. Woman + Country is somewhat of a grower--it's so purposefully hazy it seems to pleasingly fade into the slipstream upon the first play, but those repeated spins reveal the deep craft at the heart of Woman + Country, deep craft from both the songwriter, his producer, and musicians.
  3. All told, Women and Country is Dylan's most accomplished work to date, and will set the bar for all future endeavors.
  4. Maybe it's the presence of guitarist Marc Ribot, maybe it's the arrangements, or maybe it's Dylan's vocal register and choice of themes, but the vibe often recalls a more laid-back Tom Waits or Joe Henry. That's not bad company to keep, though Dylan's delivery lacks any edge or emotional undertow that make the lyrics speak more pointedly than Ribot's stinging guitar.
  5. It's an inverted-commas proper long-player, which manifests a relaxed mood and maintains it marvellously.
  6. The 11 tracks of "Women and Country" are similarly dressed [as the Robert Plant-Alison Krauss collaboration "Raising Sand"] with low-key Americana atmospherics. The results, however, are mixed.
  7. Dylan clearly set out to cut a classic country album in the tradition of Williams and Cash (and that other famous Dylan), but the end result feels more studied than spirited-somewhat like a poor period film, where the lovingly recreated sets and costumes only seem to highlight the bland performances.

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