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Time Out of Mind
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VINE VOICETOP 50 REVIEWERon 19 January 2012
Bob Dylan is known to admire the work of Herman Melville. `Time out of Mind' is a quotation from `Moby Dick' meaning `from time immemorial' or `as long as anyone can remember.' This 1997 Grammy-winner marks something of a landmark for Dylan in its recognition of the approach of old age. Full of poignant and intelligent song-writing, it marks the initiation of a mature creative period which found further expression in `Love and Theft' and `Modern Times'. Many people proclaim this as Dylan's best-ever album, and from the perspective that it gets deeper into your soul with each repeated listening, they might be right.

Deeply personal and serious in tone, the album at the same time sidesteps the label of `introspection', nor is it `downbeat' or bleak. Dylan has the rare ability to stand apart from himself, to see his experiences from outside and deliver poignant, fly-on-the-wall observations which can cut the listener to the soul. As he's matured as an artist, this characteristic has matured with him to the point where he is the undisputed master of the craft.

The musical style is classic Zimmerman, mostly rock-and-roll bluesy with an upbeat jauntiness in no way out of place with the subject matter. Dylan's voice ain't what it used to be in terms of vocal power, but makes up in gravitas and confidence what it now lacks in youthful range. Phrasing and delivery are textbook examples of relaxed and laconic excellence; he's at home in his chosen idiom as is a fish in water.

Dylan's poetic song lyrics over his 50-year career are some of the best ever written. TooM is the real deal, the real Bob Dylan - perhaps for the first time since `Blood on the Tracks' the songs have an uncompromising personal honesty. Here's a telling verse from the closer, `Highlands':

"The sun is beginning to shine on me
But it's not like the sun that used to be
The party's over and there's less and less to say
I got new eyes
Everything looks far away..."

`Time out of Mind' is an album which could not have been made by a young man, and not by any product of the 21st century's sales-and-image driven global music business. Only a master of his craft, confronting mortality and looking back on a lifetime tinged with regret, could produce a masterpiece like this.
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on 26 April 2014
Amongst Bob Dylan's legion of admirers it is generally considered that the 1980s was a fallow period, although 1989's "Oh Mercy" did much to allay the fears that Dylan's creative muse was on the wane. The follow up album, "Under the Red Sky" was greatly under appreciated. Then came the longest period of silence from BD; apart from two albums of blues and folk standards no album of Dylan-penned songs appeared until 1997.

"Time out of Mind" was eminently worth waiting for. The writing was generally strong and Daniel Lanois' production was spot on. As usual Dylan's album was paradoxical: in the main the songs expressed the sentiments of a man in an extreme state of lovelorn angst and yet the mood created is somehow anything but bleak. Listen to "Not Dark Yet" and you will be moved by the lovely arrangement and yet the protagonist is saying such heartrending things as "Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear/ It's not dark yet, but it's getting there". Many of the songs are in this vein, yet they do not sound self pitying, just a man in despair. bearing his soul.

As ever there is wit aplenty, especially evident in the marathon song that closes the album, "Highlands", a tribute to the Scottish Highlands with an amazing detour, in the protagonist's memory, to a restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts!

This is the album that, for me, returns Dylan to his most impressive song writing abilities; to get there he had to confront some awful inner demons, and from that he created another masterpiece.
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on 2 April 2018
Good service .all round, thank you.
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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2015
I saw Bob Dylan at " The Royal Albert Hall " and again in my home town of Manchester in October and gradually stocking up on CD Versions of his great albums. Another great one here.
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on 25 June 2015
This is a superb Dylan album. Thoughtful and introspective. Great production by Daniel Lanios. Dylan on a high-note I feel.
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on 7 January 2016
Worth the price of the CD,just for the track "Not dark yet". But really,"everyone's a winner" as Erroll said. Can't go wrong with this CD.
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on 16 November 2017
a good cd
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on 3 February 2018
Great
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on 4 February 2018
Excellent service and in top condition, always wonderful to listen to the Master Bob Dylan. Thank you very much!
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on 18 July 2016
I'm a Bob Dylan Fan. Can't believe I never bought this cd!
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