Bob Dylan
Shadow Kingdom


3.5
great

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
June 5th, 2023 | 25 replies


Release Date: 06/02/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most kvlt album title in Bob Dylan’s discography

Shadow Kingdom is likely not the release most Dylan fans would’ve preferred as a follow-up to his widely-heralded 2020 record Rough And Rowdy Ways. That’s because it’s not new material, per se. Instead, this album consists almost entirely of recent re-imaginings of songs from earlier in the folk visionary’s career (plus an original instrumental functioning as the closer). In particular, the tracklist is heavy on deep cuts from Dylan’s ‘60s and ‘70s output. The results are mixed - I’d be hard-pressed to identify a single song whose updated rendition surpasses the original studio recording (although the slowed-down version of “Tombstone Blues” and the moody and spacious take on “What Was It You Wanted” come close, and “Forever Young” is a stunner here) - but it’s still intriguing to see the oft-dramatic transformations Dylan applies to each, and his ever more wizened voice manages to bring another distinguishing feature to the tunes. At worst, it’s a reminder of just how much creative brilliance was poured out by Dylan in his early heyday - listening to “Queen Jane Approximately” or “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and then realizing neither song attracts much attention relative to other tracks on their parent album is an eye-opening experience. As a whole, Shadow Kingdom might not be a revelation, but it’s an interesting experiment with plenty of solid results. Besides, at this point I’ll take any new material from Dylan, whatever form it takes. The man himself turned 82 just a few weeks ago. May you stay forever young.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2023


5916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I wouldn't say this is an essential listen, but any hardcore Bobby D fans shouldn't miss this one.

90m80s
June 5th 2023


1523 Comments


bob dylan's from the depths of darkness

someone
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2023


6658 Comments


still goes harder than Darkthrone

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2023


5916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

He is indeed a blaze in the northern sky

90m80s
June 5th 2023


1523 Comments


blazin bob

Lopan
June 5th 2023


104 Comments


If you like what he has been doing sin 97, you will love it. Great sound and cool renditions of classics.

90m80s
June 5th 2023


1523 Comments


i really liked Time Out of Mind

Atari
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2023


27975 Comments


Sunnyvale, the prolific


Flugmorph
June 5th 2023


34353 Comments


is this trve m/ ?

90m80s
June 5th 2023


1523 Comments


hard to tell what is and isnt

wham49
June 5th 2023


6341 Comments


saw some of this 2 nights ago, very interesting, and weird imo

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2023


5916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Yeah, some of these versions are kinda weird, some are more what you might expect from some of Dylan's recent output. Certainly these self-covers are mostly quite different from the originals, and pretty interesting for that reason.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2023


47655 Comments


the livestream version of this was actually really cool. dunno if the audio only would really hold up but it's nice it got an official release anyway. isn't a dude from Big Thief on this randomly

90m80s
June 6th 2023


1523 Comments


im not a pbs member i cant watch the stream

Colton
June 6th 2023


15310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whose alt ^

90m80s
June 6th 2023


1523 Comments


No

Veldin
June 6th 2023


5274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I could see this growing and becoming an essential release in retrospect

Spec
June 6th 2023


39507 Comments


how heavy is this bad boy?

lz41
June 6th 2023


233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I insist that this should not be categorised as an LP. Anyway, good write up, pos

90m80s
June 6th 2023


1523 Comments


does seem like a comp




prob why its listed as a comp



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