BOB DYLAN - Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
Rough and Rowdy Ways is the 39th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 19, 2020, through Columbia Records. It is Dylan's first album of original songs since his 2012 album Tempest, following a trio of albums that covered traditional pop standards. The album was preceded by the singles "Murder Most Foul", "I Contain Multitudes", and "False Prophet". Rough and Rowdy Ways was released as a double album, with the entirety of the second disc being dedicated to "Murder Most Foul". It features contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills.
Initial reviews were overwhelmingly positive, earning a 95/100 rating from Metacritic based on 22 reviews. Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph awarded the album five stars out of five. Anne Margaret Daniel, reviewing for Hot Press, said "Rough and Rowdy Ways is a record we need right now, and it will endure." Mikael Wood, in the Los Angeles Times, said the album "rolls out one marvel after another." Writing for Slate, Carl Wilson called the release Dylan's best in "many years, maybe decades" for the breadth of its cultural references and the depth of Dylan's lyrics and songwriting. Jon Pareles, chief music critic for The New York Times, labeled the album a "Critic's Pick," describing its songs as "equal parts death-haunted and cantankerous," rivaling "the grim, gallows-humored conviction of his albums Time Out of Mind (1997) and Love and Theft (2001)." Writing for The Telegraph India, Jaimin Rajani said this release brings respite and diversity. Ken Tucker of NPR's Fresh Air gave the release a positive review for its musical diversity.
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