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Meet Me in the Morning with Zak Kaveney – Together Through Life Review

May 14th, 2009 · Luke · No Comments

“Together Through Life” – Bob Dylan (2009)

In his thirty-third studio album, Dylan has released a handful of luscious tracks that will make any fan appreciate the seemingly endless pool of creation that he can turn around, crack it open, and pull something gorgeous out. From here comes his latest collection of work that encompasses many great themes. From the hell that spawned your spouse, to the fortitude needed to be away from a loved one, there’s really something lovely about this entire album. It’s serene, powerful, majestic, and down right fun. As you listen to the beginning of “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” and continue throughout wondering if you ever have been to Houston, you find yourself nodding, with foot tapping in rhythm, that Dylan’s right: “It’s All Good.”

One of the best played instruments on this album comes from David Hidalgo, of Los Lobos fame, playing the accordion. This is the sound that really makes “Together Through Life” sound and feel different from any of the past few albums Dylan has released. I’m sure you’ve heard that Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plays guitar on this album as well; however, every musician on this album does an absolutely stellar job of bringing out the best behind Dylan and co-writer Robert Hunter, one of the Grateful Dead alum.

There’s no need for me to spin any more heaven or hell wordplay into this, so I’ll leave you with my two favorite tracks:

“My Wife’s Hometown” is a haunting melody that Dylan pours his voice into, and the best moment is toward the end of the track as you can hear him laughing maniacally at the thought of someone he once knew.

“Shake Shake Mama” may not be many other critics pick, but for me, this is just another fun song that Dylan loves to play in, much like a child in a sandbox. You can’t help but bounce around in your seat and even try to sing along. It’s a fun song, and you can tell everyone on it is enjoying themselves.


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