If you don’t play Bob Dylan or are not really into him this album’s for you.
Because “Together Through Life” is so accessible. It’s a completely different Dylan album. The songs are succinct. The album is short. The elegiac, subversive, contemplative lyrics are absent. In its presence is sheer music. You feel your foot tapping and your hips swayin to its seductive rhythm.
This is the sort of CD you might hear in classy boutiques or hip wine bars. Dylan has come out wearing his leopard skin pillbox hat and has swapped his whisky jar for a glass of Champagne. And the thing is, whatever you think, he doesn’t give a damn.
This is Bob Dylan not being Bob Dylan.
This is Bobby being “the song and dance man” he quipped about all those years ago. Little did we know that the poet singer-song writer was being serious. Surely this isn’t the same guy who gave us “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Mr Tambourine Man”, “Desolation Row”, “Hurricane” and “Like a Rolling Stone”?
This takes his last album “Modern Times” one step further along the blues road. With all that shaking going on, something had to give and here his incisive lyrics were swept aside to allow the music to come through.
It’s easy listening stuff but that don’t mean it’s bad stuff. Not surprisingly, it shot to UK’s number one spot. It’s music for the masses. But it’s good stuff too.
Many devoted Dylan fans aren’t going to be too happy with this change in direction. But unlike when Bobby went electric, not many of his fans will want to be left behind.