[ Columbia Records / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 27 April 2009
Dylan has set a new record with this, his 46th release, as the oldest musician to have a No. 1 album!
Dylan has set a new record with his 46th release, 'Together Through Life', as the oldest musician to have a No. 1 album - it went straight to the top of the U.K. charts! At 67, the legendary singer / songwriter beat the record previously held by fellow music veteran, Neil Diamond - proving coolness is timeless! The greatest poet of our time, Bob Dylan is clearly as relevant as ever with this album.
"It's a powerful personal work by a man who still thinks for himself in an era of fear, conformity, and dehumanization. That it rocks mightily makes the message even more compelling. Whatever the hell it gets called, it'll be in the running for Best Album of 2009."
- Michael Simmons (Mojo)
"Latter period Dylan is turning out to be some of his deepest, richest work. 'Together Through Life' is another brilliant, sure-handed outing by one of the few certified greats still living up to his legend."
- Joel Selvin (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Dylan has found his 21st century feet in musical touchstones almost 100 years old. And yet, through his growling, puckish delivery and crack band, it comes across fresh and vibrant. Here's to Dylan finding more of his future in the sounds of the past."
- Jed Gottleib (Boston Herald)
"...'Together Through Life' is an album that gets its hooks in early and refuses to let go. It's dark yet comforting, with a big tough sound, booming slightly like a band grooving at a soundcheck in an empty theatre. And at its heart there is a haunting refrain. Because above everything this is a record about love, its absence and its remembrance."
- Danny Eccleston (Mojo)
"Another genius Dylan disc, 'Together Through Life' continues Dylan's Indian summer string of masterpieces, and it's a cut above 2006's 'Modern Times'."
- Brad Bamberger (Newark Star-Ledger)
"As crafty and moving as anything in Dylan's catalog".
- Corey duBrowa (Paste Magazine)
"...'Together Through Life' is the perfect soundtrack for down-but-not-out America, a clear-eyed, often elegant-sounding, road map that notes the struggles, but keeps its focus on making it through - with your sense of humor intact, no less."
- Glenn Gamboa (Newsday)
Bob Dylan's 'Together Through Life' was recorded late 2008, prompted by the composition of a new song, "Life is Hard," which was written for the film 'La Vie En Rose', directed by French director Oliver Dahan.
'Together Through Life' is the 46th release from Bob Dylan, and follows 2006's Platinum album 'Modern Times', which debuted here in New Zealand at #1 as well as on the Billboard Top 200. It also reached the top of the charts in six additional countries and the Top 5 in 22 countries around the world.
Bob Dylan's three previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling 'Time Out of Mind' from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including "Album of the Year", while 'Love and Theft' continued Dylan's Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for "Best Contemporary Folk album". His most recent studio work, 'Modern Times', became one of his biggest albums worldwide, selling more than 2.5 million copies and earning Dylan two more Grammys!
Those three studio albums fell within a ten-year creative span that also included an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning tune, "Things Have Changed," from the film 'Wonder Boys', in 2001, a worldwide best selling memoir, 'Chronicles', which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, 'No Direction Home', in 2005, and several volumes of the best-selling 'Bootleg Series', which culminated in last year's highly-acclaimed 'Tell Tale Signs'.
Dylan was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." He was also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1997, the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden's Polar Music Award in 2000 and numerous other awards and accolades.
1. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
2. Life Is Hard
3. My Wife's Home Town
4. If You Ever Go To Houston
5. Forgetful Heart
7. This Dream Of You
8. Shake Shake Mama
9. I Feel A Change Comin' On
10. It's All Good