First Impressions: Bob Dylan, “Shadows in the Night”

bobOver at Cahoots, I shared a few reflections on the new Dylan– sort of a review and sort of not. It’s a little different from what I normally do, I think it’s fair to say, and my aims in writing it were to conjure some of the record’s broken, late-night vibe while also highlighting the ways in which Dylan treats standards and Sinatra numbers as folk songs– just as surely as he did with “Mannish Boy” and “Delia’s Gone,” just as surely as he did with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Those are the two things I like most about the record, which is really quite alluring in its own modest way.

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