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Editors’ Notes

By 1997, fans were wondering whether Bob Dylan had anything left in his artistic tank. Between 1989's well-received Oh Mercy and the appearance of this album eight years later, Dylan had released one disappointing studio albumof original songs (Under a Red Sky), two albums of traditional folk songs, and a handful of collections and compilations. Filled with vivid and bleak imagery, Time Out of Mind, produced by Daniel Lanois, was a revelation. A near-fatal illness had clearly inspired the bard, resulting in a dark, moody album filled with resignation and visions of mortality: "Trying to Get to Heaven" and "Not Dark Yet" exemplify this frame of mind. The opening lyric here — "I'm walking through streets that are dead" he croaks on "Love Sick" — sets the tone. He's "waist deep in the mist" and "rolling through the rain and hail;" his "soul has turned into steel" and his "sense ofhumanity has gone down the drain." You get the idea. Lanois's mysterious, murky, and haunting production captures the mood perfectly.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best Albums Ever

Beautiful lyrics, music, and style. It takes a few listens to grow on you.

Bob still gots it.

After all these years Bob Dylan is still one of the greatest american song writers of all time. Even in his older years he still gots it, which was proved with his newest album Modern Times and even more back in 97 with this Album. He still has that foreboding shaking voice he is so famous for and songs that really grab you. A Slice of Fried Gold!

Bob's best effort lyrically and musically! Revitalized his career!

Though this is not his most influential album, it is Bob's most gut wrenching. The album centers around the aftermath of lost love and Bob's poignant lyrics evoke and create a mood so depressingly real that this album is the most relevant and the most difficult to listen to when one is in the midst of the tragedy of love. Unfortunately itunes does not have the closing song "Highlands," but this album is assuredly one of Bob's top albums even if you do not think it his best. Suceeds where Bob's lyrically borrowed Modern Times and overly eclectic Love and Theft fail; his most complete and honest album since Blood on the Tracks. Time Out of MInd is an album that sounds old and new simultaneously. Listen to the existential turmoil of "Not Dark Yet" and the pain of "Standing in the Doorway." An album beautiful in its pain.


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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