Bob Dylan’s new studio album, "Together Through Life" is set for release on April 28, Columbia Records announced today. "Together," recorded late last year after Dylan was asked to compose music for a forthcoming film by French director Oliver Dahan, takes its musical cues from classic 1950s Chess and Sun recordings.
"I like the mood of those records - the intensity," Dylan says in an interview published on his website. "The sound is uncluttered. There’s power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind. It’s alive. It’s right there. Kind of sticks in your head like a toothache."
The "Together" songs "have more of a romantic edge" than the music on "Modern Times," Dylan's 2007 album that debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 1. "The songs on "Modern Times" brought my repertoire up to date, and the light was directed in a certain way. You have to have somebody in mind as an audience otherwise there’s no point," Dylan says.
"There didn’t seem to be any general consensus among my listeners. Some people preferred my first period songs. Some, the second. Some, the Christian period. Some, the post Colombian. Some, the Pre-Raphaelite. Some people prefer my songs from the nineties. I see that my audience now doesn’t particular care what period the songs are from. They feel style and substance in a more visceral way and let it go at that. Images don’t hang anybody up. Like if there’s an astrologer with a criminal record in one of my songs it’s not going to make anybody wonder if the human race is doomed. Images are taken at face value and it kind of freed me up."
While the track listing for "Together Through Life" is not yet officially confirmed, seven of the tracks were previewed for select listeners in New York and London earlier this month. They include:
"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
"Life Is Hard"
"My Wife's Hometown"
"Shake Shake Mama"
"I Feel A Change Coming On"
"It's All Good"