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Time Out Of Mind

Bob Dylan

1997

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This album sounds like Dylan's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, and in fact, he almost died after releasing it. Thankfully, he's still around, but that does nothing to diminish the album's dark look at mortality. It's brutally honest, like any Dylan record, but this one feels moreso. Best track: Not Dark Yet

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5

This is Old Dylan at his darkest and I mean that in the very best way. Dylan's voice has aged so well. Granted, his early voice wasn't the best so it's not a far trip to "better" but, even so, Old Dylan's voice is a pleasure to listen to. It feels like it has finally grown to match his powerful songwriting. The end result is an amazing piece of art that cuts hard.

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4

Excellent album from the latter half of Dylan's career. Daniel Lanois' production aesthetic goes really well with these songs, giving them a heavy atmosphere and mood. It's not dark yet, but it's getting there. 4 stars.

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5

Found a live version which was really enjoyable. Bob dylan is truly a grand master. Soul and passion in every song, thoughts and politics behind every word

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5

Song writing of the highest standard, brilliant from start to finish. A beautiful and immersive album.

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5

great album all around, every song is distinct and enjoyable, lyrics are beautiful.

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5

I have a feeling I might relate to this album one day, for better or worse. Love the storytelling

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5

Superb. What a comeback

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July 28, 2021 I really like the gravelly texture of old Dylan voice, which feels like it fits better with some of his songwriting than young Dylan voice. He sounds jaded and cynical and wise - exactly the right person to be meditating on mortality.

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5

Before listening I wondered why this was on the list - Dylan's 30th studio album, well beyond his "prime." But I really appreciated the songwriting and heard greatness in it. Classic Dylan storytelling, and notewotlethy as a return to form after a long dry spell. You can hear him grappling with his age, and he sounds so old. Remarkable to realize that he is still releasing vital material now, more than 20 years after this album was released.

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5

This has got the strange whiff of an instant classic for my ear!!! Hidden gem in the back catalogue!

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5

I've heard this album plenty of times and I always really enjoy it. It's dark and brooding. Love Sick, Not Dark Yet, and Highlands are all great.

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5

Its not dark yet

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5

This record has spent a bit of Time Out of Mind. I loved it when it came out and listened to it endlessly for a while. I enjoyed spending time with it all day today. It has been added to my regular playlists.

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5

what is it about him? no one knows

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5

Might be my favorite Dylan album. I especially like Highlands.

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5

What a vibe. This album transports you. It picks you up and drops you into the midwest in the early 20th century, pours you a Jack Daniels, offers you a cigarette and tells you it's late night tales. An album that puts the world to rights. A few tracks could have lost a minute or ten which drops a half mark, but as we don't have half marks it gets the five.

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5

Felt a bit like my first Dylan, easy listening and great stuff

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5

Good album

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4

How can you deny Bob Dylan!

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4

I enjoyed the album, I have listened to ~Dylan before and considered him a bit of a drone, but this was better than me.

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4

Great stuff

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4

better than i expected, really relax but it was good

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I'm listening to Time out of Mind by Bob Dylan. It's difficult to really 'rate' an album such as this. A towering figure in music for so many years, it's hard to find a place to begin. Maybe I can start in the most superficial way possible. The songs are pleasing and I really enjoyed the first track. I recall this album coming out and listening to it at the time. I revisit Dylan fairly often and I have not returned to this one as of yet. It's pretty universally well reviewed. People talk about his voice and he is sometimes dismissed off-hand because of how he sounds. This happens to Neil Young as well. I love both artists and enjoy taking them exactly how they are with their distinct voices. I'm enjoying this very much. I'm not worrying too much about the entirety of Dylan's career when thinking about this current album. The general idea is that it's a return to form, or one of the better later period Dylan albums to come along. 'Trying to get to heaven' is a mid album highlight, and a nice accompaniment to another cube farm pandemic Monday. As the album finishes up, I'm saying I very much enjoyed it - though when jumping back into Dylan the next time, it probably wont be this.

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4

goes on abit, but still knows how to write a tune. the last song is pretty funny very dark melancholic themes throughout

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Un bon album comme tout ceux ou presque de Dylan 4.25*

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Lejos de sus obras maestras pero el mejor los posteriores. Un Dylan más envejecido y con una voz más ronca, pero con un sonidocavernoso y buenas canciones.

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Un classic!

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Like it. A bit indulgent with song lengths though!

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I can see why Dylan wasn't happy with the production but good god this man can do blues and make country actually palatable, dark and brooding. Still feels like he inspired and influenced in a huge way, reminds me of Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Mountain Goats and more. Make You Feel My Love is stunning

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I didn't expect this to be so good!

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Very good

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I've never listened to any Bob Dylan outside of the 60s and 70s. I really liked this. Looks like the 80s aren't worth my time, but need to check out more of his later work.

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Enjoyed listening to the album, with some classic songs in there, and would listen again.

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4

The 5th time Dylan was able to make a come back album and have it rock the music world, especially with it's mortality based lyrics.

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It's Not Dark Yet is an absolutely beautiful song. Dylan is someone I have appreciated without going to the well, so was glad to hear an album of his I'd never heard. I also enjoyed Love Sick, Standing in the Doorway, Can't Wait and Cold Irons Bound. 4

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Bob is the man

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There are some really nice tracks here, and I especially liked "Standing in the Doorway", but overall it's not my favorite work from Dylan.

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Dylan becomes the grizzled old blues singer he always wanted to be. This has the themes of the Leonard Cohen album from earlier, but whereas Cohen made that album then died, Dylan made this in 97 and is still alive. I like it, I love Dylan, but I think I’d rather be listening to the blues that inspired it. Favourite track: “Not Dark Yet”

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4

Found a few classics on here — a good intro to Dylan

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Typical Dylan, good album. MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE originates here!

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cool relax

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eegraet

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4

Pretty good. Need at least one more listen.

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Ik dacht dat zijn nieuwe werk niet zo boeiend zou zijn, maar blij verrast met dit plaatje.

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Wow - really good album, in fact the first Bob Dylan album where the majority of tracks havn't given me a migraine. Lovely bluesy tunes. Would recommend

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Though I'm not as big of a fan of Dylan after Desire, I must say this is quite an enjoyable record where he seems to have established a sort of template/persona of sorts for his subsequent records. How Dylan got his groove back.

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Solid album by Bobby D

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A stone cold return to form after the frankly abysmal previous 20 years (give or take).

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Last song was unnecessarily long and I didn’t enjoy the Tom Waits growl that Dylan used in some songs, but it was decent. 8/10

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8/10. Good overall, really long, and started out a bit weak in my opinion. I am not sure how his production quality is still so low in the 90's, but I guess he found his style and he's sticking to it.

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this isn't a bad album, but i was a bit disappointed given what i've come to expect from Bob Dylan. the most glaring issue is how rough his voice was by 1997 lmao, but additionally i felt that the songwriting was a lot more generic. the lyrics weren't bad by any means, but i wanted more of that classic Dylan wittiness, without which the protracted pieces feel particularly prolonged. 7/10

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4.5 The thing is - traditionally, you’re supposed to listen to Bob for the words. I find myself lost in the band despite the fact that the songs are mostly mid-tempo and fairly similar in overall feel. (Which makes "To Make You Feel My Love" kinda stand out...) I like Bob Dylan, but I’m not what most would say is a fan - but I really dig this album overall. It’s another first listen for me.

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4

Excellent thru and thru!

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Classic Dylan. I had never listened to this before or was aware of many of the songs, maybe this is because they are ones that don't get dragged out into the hit parade. I had no idea it was from the mid-90s as some of the songs are comparable to his best. One to listen to again in a mellow moment

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Delicious. Who has pieces like Not Dark Yet or Make You Feel My Love that far in their careers? Dylan, that’s who.

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Yeah, like this - sounds a bit more noir, a bit more cinematic than your usual Dylan. Even a bit Tom Waits in places! Fave track - "Not Dark Yet" was good - think I need to go with "Love Sick" overall though, that's a great album opener...

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Not a huge Dylan fan, but I really enjoyed this.

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Lækkert blues rock. Slidt stemme som lyder som Tom Waits

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Era este: me gusta aunque no lo entienda como irle a las chivas

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I was pleasantly surprised. Big fan of Dylan's earlier stuff, I didn't have very high expectations, but actually, this is a really solid album. I'm now a big fan of his more recent stuff too.

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The year this album came out, I went on a long road trip around the Southwest of the USA. Wish I'd known about it then. Not that it would have made much difference, since the rental didn't have a CD player.

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Ok, I've already listened to many songs from Dylan and I always liked them. Using this list, I noted how much he is important for the music industry and for the music evolution in the last decades, even don't find anything perfect for me from his discography yet. This album is by far the best one until now. A little bit long for my taste, but a great piece of songwriting with great music.

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I never really dug deep into Dylan's catalog. My default impression of his music has always been the incoherent, beatnick/hippie, campfire folk vibe. I liked some of his songs, but wouldn't have considered myself a "fan" of his. This album may have changed that. It's actually a really solid dirty blues/folk album and - while he still sounds like he has gauze in his mouth all the time - his vocals are well suited to the genre. He mentions in "Highlands" that he listens to Neil Young - I'd say that influence is evident here, but still 100% Bob Dylan. Standing in the Doorway, Not Dark Yet, Cold Irons Bound, and Can't Wait were standouts for me.

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One of the wildest things about this album is it’s only from 1997 and since then “Make You Feel My Love” has been a charted hit for Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and Adele! Fave tracks : “Love Sick” “Trying to get to heaven” “Make You Feel My Love”

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Liked Cold Irons Bound the most

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Really like his raspy voice and song writing. It is quite a dark album but a very enjoyable listen. "Make You Feel My Love" is a beautiful song.

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3.5

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Great Dylan showing us he transcends his 60s era and can still create hits. True renaissance man. Fun to see the Adele song was actually a cover.

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Nice. Dylan is an enigma to me. But, I really enjoyed this album.

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7/10

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Drugi dylanowy albumik na liscie, a juz go nie znam, bo jest to trzydziesty studyjny krazek z roku 97, wiec wedlug moich wiadomosci juz dawno po latach swietnosci tworczek Dylana, bo podobno skonczyl sie na desire, wiec kolejnych plyt juz nie sprawdzalem, a desire i time out of mind dzieli 21 lat i 13 wydanych albumow studyjnych, wiec tym wieksze moje zaskoczenie, po przesluchaniu tej plyty, bo choc znaczaco sie rozni od jego nagran z lat 70, zarowno technicznie, dwadziescia lat zrobilo swoje jesli chodzi o technologie i brzmienie nie jest juz tak szorstkie i o wiele precyzyjniejsze wielotrakowe, tak samo wokal dylanowy nabral wieku starczego, troche zmienila sie maniera zaciagania, ale chyba najbardziej przez zabiegi ze zmiana odleglosci wokalu od mikrofonu rozni sie on na danych kawalkach, wokal staruszkowy pasuje idealnie do motywu przewodniego krazka, wiec przemijania czy to w milosci czy artystycznego, bo po tak chudych latach 80 i 90 nadal tworzyc, majac w glowie, ze czegos tak dobrego jak kiedys moze juz nie stworzyc musi byc nieprzyjemnym uczuciem, stylistycznie pierwsza rzecza ktora rzuca sie na uszy juz na openingowym love sick jest bluesowe brzmienie, ktore jest przemycane na plycie w polaczeniu z lirykami wzietymi z standardow folkowych tworzy ciekawe kombo, wiec o ile czesc love sickowa jest sluchalna, to hajlajtem dla mnie byla czesc przemijania artystycznego, wiec kawalki jak trying to get to heaven czy not dark yet, ale prawdziwym gemem jest zamykjacy highlands, ktory nawiazuje do najlepszych Dylanowych tradycji tworzenia balladowych opowiesci o wszystkim i niczym, ten ponad 16 minutowy kawalek, bedacy najdluzszym utworem na 72 minutowej plycie jest dla mnie najlepszym przykladem tej syntezy bluesa i folka jaka byla planem tego krazka w moim odczuciu, jak to bywa z Dylanowymi lirykami lacza odniesienia do innych dziel sztuki z zyciem codziennym, wiec rozmowa z kelnerka staje sie polem do snucia mysli wszelakich przez dwadziescia zwrotek i sto wersow tekstu, dziwne ze nie jest to lepiej szerzej znany utwor, nawet na spotifaju jest to jeden z najmniej odtwarzanych kawalkow plyty, po takim odsluchu az chcialoby sie sprawdzic reszte dyskografii Bobowej, ale tak duzo sluchania, tak malo czasu, na plejke dodam trio trying to get to heaven, not dark yet i highlands

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I like the unique production and the fact that its different, although its a bit too long. Still, Bob can make some good music even past his golden age and silver age.

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3.5/5. Quite lengthy, not much I think I'll go back to from this, very country and blues-ish, not much my cup of tea. Standout Tracks: Million Miles, Can't Wait, Highlands

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Solid. Not my favorite thing, but I liked it more than I expected

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A very bluesy Dylan. Reminds me a lot of Clapton's solo material. I like the full band feel, but I feel like there's been too much reverb on Dylan's voice. A pleasant listen, but I did drift in and out a little. Favorite tracks: "Dirt Road Blues", "Million Miles"

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Okay

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It's a pretty good. Songwriting is very good as usual and I like the more ambient sound this album has. I do think the songs are a bit too long, but other then that. It's a pretty solid album

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I feel similar to this album that I feel with a lot of Dylan albums. It's fine, good even, but I feel like it drags on a bit. I like it and I recognize that it is well done, but when I listen to it, I'm never really all that into it. 3/5

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Honestly, thought I would like it better. I had a hard time paying attention and not a whole lot stuck out to me. Rough to rate, but I think it's about a 4/8.

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Yeah, that Adele tune is good

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90s Dylan... I actually liked it! “Make You Feel My Love” is on this one (made famous by Adele, had no idea it was a cover). Some solid grooves on this one.

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l Like it. Might actually make me give Dylan more of a chance

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Aaaah, Dylan… - Dylan könnte ALLES machen und es würde von seinen Jüngern immer noch als Geniestreich verklärt werden. Mich amüsiert das, ihm dabei zuzuhören, wie er kontinuierlich an seiner Legende strickt.

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Amazing! He’s so good!

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My relationship with Dylan's discography peters out around the mid 70's - pretty much with Desire. I don't hate this, or any of the latter days stuff I've heard, but neither does it change my mind on the topic.

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twas fine

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I love bob Dylan’s lyrics but I just don’t like his voice. I listened to this album on YouTube and the quality of the recordings were so terrible I couldn’t hear the lyrics even on full blast. Fav track the highlands. I feel like that’s classic Dylan

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Eh. His voice was most iffy. Some jams toward the end tho.

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I expected to hate this but I didn't

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This did it a little more for me than the older Dylan albums I've listened to here. It seems a little less folksy, a little more edge and variety than the 60s stuff. Not sure if I will revisit but I like it.

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Liked the "Standing in the Doorway". This one is worth the whole album.

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Bit samey for me, good background music but wouldn’t listen to it again. Three really good tracks in amongst it. Not Dark Yet, Standing In The Doorway and Make You Feel My Love

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Not Dark Yet is good and there’s other stuff on here worth exploring

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wow, Dylan's still churning out great albums in the 90s. good to know, this has some really nice bluesy folk rock to it, nice warm hazy production.

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My first of many Dylan albums on this list. From later in his career, it seems as though a 90's Dylan has grown a more grizzled singing voice, giving the songs a bit more edge. Most of it is a pretty easy listen though. Nice songwriting (as expect from Bob Dylan), but never much of an impact. I think you need to be a certain kind of person to really enjoy Bob Dylan, and I'm just not that person. Overall it's a fine album.

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3/5 okeyish, nothing great

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Does his voice get even weirder with age? Like Highway 61 Revisited, this one took me a bit to get used to, but I did enjoy it. I could probably revisit (hehe) Highway 61, because I liked that better than this, but still found this to be a great collection of songs, albeit a little too long. Most relatable part was when he said "I'm listening to Neil Young, someone's always saying 'turn it down'" Saved: Love Sick, Standing in the Doorway

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I like some of Dylan's earlier political folky albums. I also like this bluesy personal instrospection version of him too.

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Very pleasant listening. I like Bob Dylan's voice. But the songs weren't really interesting enough to fully catch and hold my attention either,

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I like this album well enough, and some of the poetry is really compelling. But I feel like most of the music is Dylan-by-numbers, vaguely bluesy rambling. Highlands is the worst offender: a 16-minute storysong where Bob complains about having to explain that he reads women authors. It may be lauded as his return to form, but I don’t think it really touches his 60s and 70s output for originality or significance. Worth it for Dylan acolytes but maybe few others. Favourite track: Not Dark Yet

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de tres bons sons, je me serai bien passé du son de 16mn ou il dit knock knock knock highlands a de multiples reprises, 3/5

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Everytime I hear, read about or watch Bob Dylan I think he's a wanker but this actually wasn't bad

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Pretty enjoyable.

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Seems chill. It's growing on me a bit with every song. Still, I think I'm unlikely to go back to it later.

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He's a bit wail-y sometimes but good songs overall

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Better than I expected, but its still Bob...

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I prefer dylans earlier albums

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Underrated Dylan record. Bluesy and in your feels. Late night drives alone.

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It was good and a lot of the lyrics stood out

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more blues-y than his earlier albums. His voice has definitely improved. The songs are good and I can appreciate the writing, but none of these are catchy enough to make me want to listen again

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Met het risico dat ik tegen een heilig huisje trap: saaie plaat.

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Nooit echt veel met Bob Dylan gehad, maar de sound en productie van deze plaat staan me wel aan.

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dat viel me helemaal niet tegen. Meestal ben ik snel klaar met Bob en zijn stem..

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Pleasant folk/rock.

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Started off really strong for me but fell of a little bit as it went, not bad at all though. This is the type of Bob Dylan I haven't heard though, so definitely worth listening.

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Dylan is someone I should spend more time with. I think his lyrics are very good, but his music almost sounds like spoken poetry at times. Will revisit and re-listen (to this and other albums)

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Better than other Dylan - I’m just not a big fan of his.

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Not as good as he once was.

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definitely a return to form, but not as good as critics say. Lots of cliched tripe, but come sublime stuff. 3

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Dylan makes a comeback with this original album that looks back to roots and ignores the advancing technology of the late 90s. His voice has clearly aged, and the songs' subject matter reflects on that... Although not as much as the media believed following Dylan's hospitalization. The tracks are long and slow, putting an emphasis on the introspective lyrics going at their own pace. But for the mediocre songs, I kept thinking 3 minutes in, "how much longer is there?" This is a difficult thing to adjust to if you're not used to it, or if you're not in love with all the tracks which I certainly am not. Examples of songs I couldn't stand much include "Trying to get to heaven" and "Can't wait". "Dirt Road Blues" is a decent song on its own but ruins the mood. Then there's the most popular track from this album, "Make you feel my love" which is the most 90s-sounding track from this album. It's no wonder it's been covered by so many artists because it sounds nothing like a Dylan song, which cheesy lyrics and dull melody. (Adele improved the sound so much... but you can't help the lyrics.) That being said, I enjoyed just closing my eyes and listening to many of the tracks. "Love Sick" was a great opener with excellent modern production value and engaging and emotional lyrics. Most of the first half tracks were pretty good. "Not Dark Yet" is the highlight of this album, with the best vocals and lyrics, with its sound second only to "Love Sick." The rockabilly "Cold Irons Bound" is another great job, but I mostly like it for the rough sound and vocals. Not sure how it fits with the rest of the album. The closing track "Highlands" was aesthetically pleasing to just sit back and relax to. Has a swamp sound that reminds me of CCR. Overall, I think it's a really decent 90s attempt by Dylan. Some problems that could be mostly resolved by skipping a few tracks. But otherwise really great tracks that work well for the aging Dylan.

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I listened to this from a few rooms away and didn't feel the need to listen closer. I like Dylan but this was long and not his best. 6

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First listen. I think this is my favorite Bob Dylan album. This one will only get better with time. Standouts: Make You Feel My Love 3/5.

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De typische Dylan-stem, in een meer ruimtelijke sound. Ik leerde dat "make you feel my love" niet oorspronkelijk van Adèle is, dat mislukte foto's ook een albumhoes kunnen vormen, en dat een Dylan-nummer van 16 minuten lang wel erg saai wordt

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Perfectly pleasant but bit plodding hour-an-a-quarter of blues-y Americana. Maybe you get more out of it if you listen to the lyrics? I am more of a song/melody/arrangement kind of person and I just don't think there's much happening here on that front. And the songs are so long. For me, maybe unexpectedly, the only thing that makes it stand out in any positive way is Dylan's voice. 6/10

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Liked another BD album yuh yuh

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Thumbs up to Standing in the Doorway, Trying to get to Heaven, and Not Dark Yet. And the organ on Love Sick. 3.75.

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Solid album, but to me doesn't match Blood on the Tracks.

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I'm sorry. I can't. I really tried. Never took to Bob Dylan. Had never heard of this album so gave it a few listens. Not a fan.

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This one isn't that good

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It gets off to a good start. I like the Daniel Lanois production. The arrangements and ambience of the first song are different, with the reggae guitar and moody electric piano. After that, a number of songs fall into a standard blues progression, which to me would indicate Dylan’s short on ideas. Some others remind me of his earlier songs, which is not surprising since this is his 30th album! The lyrics are not the snappiest. “I didn’t know when I saw ya’ if I should kiss ya’ or kill ya’”. His voice is toast, but still not that far off his prime, lol. I would say there are (at least) 2 or 3 Dylan albums that didn’t make the 1001 list, that I would place ahead of this.

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On the opening track he says "I'm sick of love; I wish I'd never met you." Dylan is known for his cryptic lyrics but on Love Sick - not so much. The good thing about being Bob Dylan is that many very good musicians want to play with you and they end up making some gems out of your songs. Dirt Road Blues is an example. Cold Irons Bound is another example showing excellent bass. Boy, we've had a lot of Dylan albums. Of the five, this one excited me the least.

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Al estilo de Bob Dylan. Bueno, pero nada más

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Not his best work

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3.6

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This is the album they made it on the list? I mean , surely other Dylan albums did too, but this is an interesting album. Not Dark Yet is really the only song I am familiar with. The rest of the album is a good example of "late stage Dylan." It's good, but I wouldn't call it a must hear.

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Good album

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Отличный Старый Дилан

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Existeix un dels típics llocs comuns a l'hora de catalogar certs discos i artistes que assegura que tots els discos d'estudi de Dylan des dels 90, exceptuant els discos de versions que ha anat fent al començament dels '90 i mitjans dels '10, són obres mestres... i no. 'Time Out of Mind' és el disc que va encetar la història, i de pas el concepte estilístic que ha continuat emprant Dylan fins ara (novembre 2021), i és el millor de tots ells. Però dista dels seus grans discos, no només dels '60 i '70, sinó també dels millors moments dels '80 com 'Infidels' o 'Oh Mercy'. Grans temes com 'Love Sick', 'Standing in the Doorway', 'Tryin to Get to Heaven' o 'Make You Feel My Love', algun d'excepcional com 'Not Dark Yet', però també molt minutatge que baixa en molt la qualitat i rebaixa la nota mitja del disc

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Not convinced by this.

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Liked this album. Certainly creates a mood. Don't think it's 9:30 Monday morning music. Enjoyed standing in the doorway. Some of the early songs are a bit dull. Fine balance between moody slow music and man talking over boring guitar like on Highlands.

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Opening song is awesome and has been covered by Jack White. Album starts to drag with long songs throughout

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Fine album, though not my preferred Dylan.

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Liked everything but the voice....

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Need to be in the right mood

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Was ok, bit too much for a whole album. Did not finish the last three songs because I was done.

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Some of the songs were good, but the whole thing just felt too melodically repetitive to me. Great lyrics, though.

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I think I need to admit I am not a Bob Dylan person. It was okay.

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This was the first time I had heard the later albums of Bob Dylan. I liked it because I like that style of blues but I’m not sure bob dylan is the best fit for it. I could just be saying that because I’m biased toward more modern blues like the black keys. Definitely not as good as his older music. Fav song: dirt road blues

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Nice to hear aber kein must to hear

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Not bad, didn’t enjoy it as much as Bringing it Back home album

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decent blues style dylan album

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I saw Bob Dylan at the Breslin Center in 2004. It was bad. His voice was like gargling gravel. Ok, it was never excellent. But whatever. The real problem is seeing Bob Dylan play his electric songs with a bunch of studio musicians. The pristine approach that pros take to performing music has a way of sucking the life out, IMO, when you see a legacy artist. Nobody will ever sound as good backing Dylan than "The Hawks" back in the late 60s. You had to be there. Most of us weren't, at this point. I'd never listening to "Time out of Mind." I understand after reading about it that it's considered one of his best. It's definitely the best of his records that I've heard outside his 60s peak. It sounds like a band playing together. Not studio robots. That's all I ask, Bob. Also, I like how they added chorus to his voice - or whatever that effect is. This record had me from its staccato opening on "Love Sick."

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not his best, not the worst

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Ok. Nice slow songs but he goes on a bit.

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Was ok I guess, nothing that memorable from a first listem

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Class as usual from Bob but not as keen on the later gravelly vocals

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As with many albums on this list, this was fairly pleasant, but not outstanding. Is it bad to say that I prefer the Adele version of Make You Feel My Love?

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Not his best album IMO. Started off okay, but after a while many tracks felt like they went on too long and had a bit too generic blues sound to me. Make you feel my love is quite sweet.

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A well constructed album just to slow for me

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As much as I love Bob Dylan, I feel like this era of Dylan (Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, Modern Times) is pretty overrated as critics were desperate for something to latch onto with Dylan after a string of duds following Oh Mercy. These late-era albums aren't bad per se, but if they are the highlights, his career was definitely in decline at this point. Still, after dozen or so actually great albums Dylan has released, he's earned quite a bit of leeway.

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I went to school with a special needs kid with the unfortunate surname of "Bott". From his teen years on, he had a croaky rasp of a voice, and would greet everyone with a "how's it going?" in that voice. A voice which is EXACTLY the same as good ol' Bobby D's voice on this album. So, try as I may (and have tried several times over the years), I just can't hear it for what it is.

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Pretty heavy and one paced. I don’t think this is classic Dylan.

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I found this to be a really listenable Dylan album. The Lanois production is clearly divisive amongst critics, but I like it. I luiek the weird spaciousness. it is heavily processed (he never met a reverb he didn't like), and yet keeps an analog feel. I like the grit in Dylan's voice. Some critics find some of the lyrics/songwriting a bit simplistic, although most of their ire seems directed at To Make You Feel My Love, which is well on the way to becoming a modern standard. Heaven forbid that a Dylan song should be accessible that anyone might like it! There is a reason this is Dylan's highest selling album ever. And coming nearly 40 years into his career, good on him.

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Out of ear, out of mind

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a couple of these songs are kinda cool in that oldy-blues kinda way, but heaps of it is also just go-nowhere introspective shit. and it just doesn't END. seriously, do we need over an hour of meandering country/blues jams? keep it to 30min ffs. fuck bob dylan, anyway. 2/5.

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i don’t vibe with bob dylan

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Too blues for me

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Cool, but if I wanted to listen to Memphis style blues I’d rather go with one of the originals.

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Pretty boring album. Nothing inventive or interesting. Nothing very bad but no urge to listen to it again.

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An unusual production that seems to have a lot more blues and country focus, compared to the soft-folk and poetry from Dylan's earlier releases. I couldn't connect with this album as much and I don't think it'll be one of the Dylan albums I listen to again. I think it suffers in my mind from not being "early Dylan", which is a bias

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Pretty uninspired from the Dyl man

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didn't hate it but wouldn't listen again

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Not particularly fond of Dylan's voice. Next.

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Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it.

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in 97 his voice wasn't already the same :(

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The first half of the album didn't grab me but it got better. The last song was quite funny if you stuck with it!

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Not bad

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I get it, I honestly do...it’s just not my style. I actually prefer this slow bluesy rock genre Dylan to his standard rambling melodies though, so he gets a star for that. I mean this album is non offensive and anyone could listen without too much trouble. It just doesn’t excite me enough to care. 2 Stars!

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Bored out of mind

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It’s okay this. Wouldn’t seek it out again but was absolutely fine on in the background.

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Can't see the appeal.

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Well, these really do all sound the same! And I still think of this as a "new" Bob Dylan album... Just because an old artist does something that's OK, that does not make a return to form... Quite a lot of dirge.

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I was never a fan of Dylan. I don't see the appeal. He may be a good song writer but not an enjoyable performer. The only Dylan songs I like are covers.

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Maybe this album is overrated, maybe it needs another listen.

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Ik ben echt geen Dylan fan. Dat maakt dit album niet anders.

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This is a highly regarded Dylan that I never really warmed to. Maybe it's the languid pace of the songs, or maybe the swampy bluesy feel that was never my thing. Maybe its the foggy atmospheric Daniel Langlois production or the old mam world-weary voice that keeps me at arms length. In any case a Dylan album that is near the bottom of the list for this Dylan fan. 2.5 🌟

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Love Sick into Dirt Road Blues is an excellent contrast in tones. I still don't like Bob's diction. And after a while its just the blues. Tryng To Get To Heaven is a perfect example of Bob Dylan ruining a perfectly good song with his voice. Jesus I can't stand this guy's voice. Cold Irons Bound is a good tune, which I think is the only real reason I don't give this a 1 star. Highlands is bullshit.

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Flubbed, timid, a monotony of vocals. Not doing it for me

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This album never really worked for me. 2.5 stars

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Bod Dylan has a slow blues jam. I like Dylan,I think he's got a lot of good songs. I also think that the reason he's had so may hours as he's had the chance to take so many swings. It's not amazing but is decent easy blues background music. His voice feels tired on this one. Standout track - Highlands

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Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Bobby, but I could tell in this one that he was getting older and less exciting. I did enjoy Not Dark Yet, but these songs were so long and repetitive. If I was Bob I would have retired a long time ago and just enjoyed my ride off into the sunset. Even the album cover feels like it doesn't belong but is also completely accurate with this album. A blurry shot of the man we once knew who is out of his mind with the times of these songs.

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I know this is Bob Dylan, but this didn't offer up much and sounded pretty worn out

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I assume I have Daniel Lanois to thank for getting Dylan to ditch his wretched harmonica and annoying AF singing style on this album. Merci beaucoup Danny Boy! Frank Zappa also nails it in his brilliant Dylan parody in “Flakes”, if you’ve heard it you’ll know what I mean. Although this is more listenable than his 29 other previous albums I’m still not a fan. I know this is Bob Fucking Dylan so I made the effort to listen to the entire album. But that’s my point, it shouldn’t be an effort to listen to.

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Bob Dylan's 30th album released in 1997, and was a return to his classic and great musical sound. Fans loved this album, considering it a comeback, and even some feel it's his best album ever. It went on to earn a platinum rating, and in 1998 at the Grammy Awards, the album won Album of the Year & Best Contemporary Folk Album. This album had a new atmospheric sound for Bob Dylan's country and blues music, which is either liked or hated by fans. I have never been a fan of Bob Dylan's music, but this was fine to listen to while I worked.

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I didn’t realize Bob Dylan turned into an old lady who smoked 5 packs a day.

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Why does he insist on having hour plus albums

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This was a miserable, terrible slog for the first 40 MINUTES. The last few tracks got slightly better. Not Dark Yet single handedly saves this from being a 1 star. Dylan's voice has always been an acquired taste, but in this album it's all blown out to trash. He sounds like absolute shit. If he were a new artist, this album would have NEVER been recorded.

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72 minutes of newer Dylan... Not my thing.

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Boring Bob

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All very samey

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I just don't like Bob Dylan.

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Bob was sad about a woman. Raspy.

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okayish

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Decent album, not his best

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I wish Bob Dylan would stop showing up on this list.

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Not my favorite Dylan album Favorite Track: Not Dark Yet Relisten: No

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Just fucking boring.

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This was fine. I can get into his earlier stuff more though. Saw Dylan live twice, and they are both on the short list of worst performances I've ever witnessed. But I guess that is what you get when you see someone 50 out of their prime.

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His voice makes my ears very unhappy

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I will not listen to anything Bob Dylan

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excruciating

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I just can’t stand to listen to more than 5 seconds of Bob Dylan’s voice

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Pass

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meh

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I listened to a good amount of this, but I aint listening to 72 minutes of boring country moaning

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puff.. premio Nobel dice

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Well past his prime and was never a fan of him in his prime - can’t even go to 2

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Rubbish.

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Well past his prime and was never a fan of him in his prime - can’t even go to 2

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Out of mind alright.

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Man... this is bullshit. It's the 2nd Dylan crap they are pushing here by now. Anyone with minimal capacity for judgement a functioning year can notice that it's a stupid voice talking nonsense over bad music. Even Khaled is better than that

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Even though it is early 90s, this still must have been a throwback album? Voice is worse than ever, music and style is dated and safe. Not convinced of any reason for this album to be on this list. Safe enough for 2 stars. Thinking of downgrading to one, as not only are the songs dull, but they are also very long. 7 minutes of generic blues? No thank you. Oh, and now covers... great. Really, why is this album in the book?

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Me one week ago, listening to Blood on the Tracks: "Oh wow, Bob Dylan did make good music after the '60s! Maybe I was wrong." Me today: "Maybe he just didn't make good music after 1975." This is tremendously boring. His voice is like a weak Tom Waits parody, which isn't good because Tom Waits is already like a goofy Leonard Cohen parody. Such a long, aimless album. Only one track on here that I enjoyed, the rest felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop trying to have a conversation over the aspiring local artist playing for the night. Wikipedia says "Time Out of Mind is hailed as one of Dylan's best albums." Whoever wrote that must work at Lids because that's nothing but cap. Dylan, I've given you two 4.5 star ratings so far, that makes this one even more disappointing. This doesn't belong here. Favorite tracks: Not Dark Yet (but maybe it should be Bob; go home). Album art: Looks like a trashy picture for a greatest hits, Starbucks compilation CD. I think my distaste for the music is seeping in here, but this is very bland. The least interesting Dylan cover I've seen so far, so it fits I guess. 1.5/5

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Didn't enjoy this one. Which was disappointing, because I like a lot of his music.

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I've tried to like Bob Dylan and I just can't. It feels depressing. I love depressing music but this aint it.

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