Bob Dylan – Love And Theft (2001/2014) [HDTracks 24bit/96kHz]

Bob Dylan – Love And Theft (2001/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:37 minutes | 1,29 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks

“Love and Theft” is Bob Dylan’s 31st studio album and was recorded in May 2001. It was produced by Dylan under the pseudonym of Jack Frost. The album is an homage to the music and racial history of the American South, and was very well-received by critics. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice wrote: “If Time Out of Mind was his death album—it wasn’t, but you know how people talk—this is his immortality album”.

Time Out of Mind was a legitimate comeback, Bob Dylan’s first collection of original songs in nearly ten years and a risky rumination on mortality, but its sequel, Love and Theft, is his true return to form, not just his best album since Blood on the Tracks, but the loosest, funniest, warmest record he’s made since The Basement Tapes. There are none of the foreboding, apocalyptic warnings that permeated Time Out of Mind and even underpinned “Things Have Changed,” his Oscar-winning theme to Curtis Hanson’s 2000 film Wonder Boys. Just as important, Daniel Lanois’ deliberately arty, diffuse production has retreated into the mist, replaced by an uncluttered, resonant production that gives Dylan and his ace backing band room to breathe. And they run wild with that liberty, rocking the house with the grinding “Lonesome Day Blues” and burning it down with the fabulously swinging “Summer Days.” They’re equally captivating on the slower songs, whether it’s the breezily romantic “Bye and Bye,” the torch song “Moonlight,” or the epic reflective closer, “Sugar Baby.” Musically, Dylan hasn’t been this natural or vital since he was with the Band, and even then, those records were never as relaxed and easy or even as hard-rocking as these. That alone would make Love and Theft a remarkable achievement, but they’re supported by a tremendous set of songs that fully synthesize all the strands in his music, from the folksinger of the early ’60s, through the absurdist storyteller of the mid-’60s, through the traditionalist of the early ’70s, to the grizzled professional of the ’90s. None of this is conscious, it’s all natural. There’s an ease to his writing and a swagger to his performance unheard in years — he’s cracking jokes and murmuring wry asides, telling stories, crooning, and swinging. It’s reminiscent of his classic records, but he’s never made a record that’s been such sheer, giddy fun as this, and it stands proudly among his very best albums.

01 – Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
02 – Mississippi
03 – Summer Days
04 – Bye and Bye
05 – Lonesome Day Blues
06 – Floater (Too Much to Ask)
07 – High Water (For Charley Patton)
08 – Moonlight
09 – Honest with Me
10 – Po’ Boy
11 – Cry a While
12 – Sugar Baby


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