Bob Dylan Together Through Life

Bob Dylan Together Through Life
After 2008's Tell Tale Signs, a startling collection of dispossessed Dylan songs spanning 1989 to 2006, the shock of an official album arriving so soon makes sense when Together Through Life tumbles through the air. The most gifted blues lyricist going, Bob Dylan's written the coolest mix-tapes in rock and, more so than 2006's Modern Times, his latest songs - here, primarily co-written with the Grateful Dead's Robert Hunter - are vibrant in their incisive appreciation of the perils of humankind. Dylan hasn't collaborated with someone like this since Jacques Levy helped make 1976's Desire a dangerous carnival of sound and, with (Los Lobos member) David Hidalgo's prominent accordion, this new record has a similar, yet contemporary, edge. Live and lithe, it's tricky to tell if Dylan feels cursed or blessed when reciting "Some people tell me/I've got the blood of the land in my voice." But he continues to sing for America like no one else can. (Columbia)