Published Mar 16, 2009Bob Dylan has emerged with the details of his upcoming "surprise album," meaning we now have a title, release date and clearer idea what to expect.
For a title, Dylan has dubbed this one Together Through Life, and given this follow-up to Modern Times the release date of April 28 via Columbia Records. As previously reported, the album was prompted by a request from French filmmaker Olivier Dahan for Dylan to contribute to an upcoming soundtrack, and apparently what Dylan is preparing to deliver is very much inspired by classic 1950s Chess and Sun recordings.
"I like the mood of those records - the intensity," Dylan says in a new interview published on his website. "The sound is uncluttered. There's power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind. It's alive. It's right there. Kind of sticks in your head like a toothache."
Dylan also goes on to say to expect Together's tracks to "have more of a romantic edge" than his last album. "The songs on Modern Times songs brought my repertoire up to date, and the light was directed in a certain way," he says. "You have to have somebody in mind as an audience otherwise there's no point."
There's still no tracklisting yet for Together Through Life, but it's likely to include the new songs "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'," "I Feel a Change Coming On," "My Wife's Hometown," "Forgetful Heart," "If You Ever Go to Houston," "This Dream of You," "Shake Shake Mama" and "It's All Good."