Bob Dylan – Triplicate, review: ‘Some achingly lovely moments’

Rick Pearson
American songbook: Bob Dylan releases a new 30-song collection: Reuters

Trump in the White House, the world in turmoil. The times they are a-changin’ — but, at 75, Bob Dylan’s done singing about it.

Instead, on the 38th album of his career, the Nobel Prize-winner can be found crooning his way through the American songbook.

One’s enjoyment of Triplicate will depend largely on one’s appetite for Dylan’s latter-day voice.

Limited in range, it can prove testing company over this three-disc, 30-song collection.

Equally, there are some achingly lovely moments. The string-soaked nostalgia of September of My Years and smokey blues of Stormy Weather are full of gravelly gravitas.

Interestingly, for a man renowned for reworking his own songs to the point of obscurity, he handles this collection with cotton-gloved care.

The result is an album that’s sensitively realised, but of interest only to the most devout of Dylanites.

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