Critical Look At New Bob Dylan Release

(Jam!) The curse of Bob Dylan's bootleg series is that you might start thinking of his official releases as first drafts.

Dylan has been on a roll this past decade, staring mortality in the face and wringing memorable music from it. The "Tell Tale Signs" disc of outtakes and reimaginings proved just how sturdy the work is. It also contributes to making "Together Through Life" a letdown.

This is a batch of mostly pedestrian compositions in a bluesy style, with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo's accordion giving several of the cuts a Tex-Mex feel. - more on this story

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