Time Out of Mindby Bob Dylan
After spending much of the '90s touring and simply not writing songs, Bob Dylan returned in 1997 with Time Out of Mind, his first collection of new material in seven years. Where Under the Red Sky, his last collection of original compositions, had a casual, tossed-off feel, Time Out of Mind is carefully considered, from the densely detailed songs to the dark, atmospheric production. Sonically, the album is reminiscent of Oh Mercy, the last album Dylan recorded with producer Daniel Lanois, but Time Out of Mind has a grittier foundation -- by and large, the songs are bitter and resigned, and Dylan gives them appropriately anguished performances. Lanois bathes them in hazy, ominous sounds, which may suit the spirit of the lyrics, but are often in opposition to Dylan's performances. Consequently, the album loses a little of its emotional impact, yet the songs themselves are uniformly powerful, adding up to Dylan's best overall collection in years. It's a better, more affecting record than Oh Mercy, not only because the songs have a stronger emotional pull, but because Lanois hasn't sanded away all the grit. As a result, the songs retain their power, leaving Time Out of Mind as one of the rare latter-day Dylan albums that meets his high standards.
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Performance CreditsBob Dylan Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Duke Robillard Guitar,Electric Guitar
Augie Meyers Accordion,Hammond Organ,Vox Organ
Jim Keltner Drums
Bucky Baxter Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Brian Blade Drums
Bob Britt Acoustic Guitar,fender rhodes,Fender Stratocaster
Cindy Cashdollar Slide Guitar
James Luther Dickinson Keyboards,Electric Piano,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Tony Garnier Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Electric Upright Bass
David Kemper Drums
Daniel Lanois Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Mando-Guitar
Winston Watson Drums
Jim Dickensen Keyboards,Electric Piano,Pump Organ
Tony Mangurian Percussion
Technical CreditsMark Howard Engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer,Contributor
Geoff Gans Art Direction
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One of his best ever! A masterpiece!
Incredible. The odd-numbered songs will leave you speechless.
''Not Dark Yet'' is the best Dylan song since ''Tangled Up In Blue''. Plus the original (and best) version of ''To Make You Feel My Love''. Lots of other good ones in here too.
This is one of Dylan's finest albums. The songs are emotionally intense, and send a powerful message. Very creative and passionate ... prepare to be blown away. This album will leave you speechless.
The harmonica on this album will chill you to the bones! A mesmerizing reflection of a brilliant soul!
This is Bob Dylans best to date. He really hit the jackpot of greatness on this one. If you havent heard the greatness of Bob Dylan yet and you want to than this is your album.
These are Great songs! These songs sound familiar and unique at the same time. I know of no other album like this one, I know of no one who has sung this way before. Once again Dylan has taken the soul of the past and invented a completely new style. A dark album but an album created out of genius. This album is important in the history of music, in what way it will influence the future is obviously unknown but there is no doubt that the future will be influenced by it.
If you only buy one Dylan album, then buy this one. Brilliant lyrics and music doesn't begin to describe this masterpiece.
This is one of my favorite Bob Dylan albums. But, what the hell? They're all great!
I know most critics and Dylan fans rave about this CD. I have owned it for about 8 years and can't get very excited. It is a bit like spinach. You know you should listen to it because everyone says it is good for you. Dylan and Lanois do come up with a unique sound, even more singular than O Mercy but the energy level is low. Most of the songs sound alike and poke along at the same tempo. Occasionally a phrase grabs my attention but Bob mostly sounds like an old blues man. Perhaps a recent brush with death had left him somber during the sessions. His next album, Love And Theft, showed he was his own best producer and still had some of the old spark left.