I find myself listening to this all the time. Like a salve for my heart, really sweet stuff. Deeply layered, a timeless gift to those fortunate enought to have listened in.
One of dylan and his spectacular bands' greatest achievements. His sense of time alone is worth the listen. Pure genius. The naysayers will never "get" this album though, but they will never "get" dylan either. A major accomplishment by a true legend.
Something awful came through my ear canals from the very first track in disc one to the last "song" from disc three. The 76 years old rocker poet who was reported to be an active cigarette smoker could not hold a single note of any pitch for more than a few seconds. It could have been a decent easy listening instrumental as a karaoke instrumental by the quintet of musicians without the Dylan crooning along. Funny that the critics seemed to laud the triple CD set as much as recent Tony Bennett CDs! Go figure.
A travesty. Dylan the "crooner" brings absolutely nothing new to this material. His recordings insult the composers, the songs themselves, and the singers with whom they are more closely identified. (Smug, fawning liner notes don't help.) At least CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART was good for a laugh or two, but TRIPLICATE is merely painful. On a side note, the packaging is wasteful: three brief CDs of material that could have fit onto two discs with an hour to spare.
We shouldn't be shocked by this release, a three-album collection of newly recorded American Songbook standards from the quintessential "Don't Look Back" artist. After all, Dylan's last two recordings were basically the same thing: all covers from the pre-rock era with a heavy dose of Sinatra-ization. The best way to approach these songs is to see them as a continuation of Dylan's 1970 "Self Portrait" era, when audiences were as equally baffled and/or disgusted by song choice and defiantly anti-rock arrangements as they seem to be these days. It's really nothing new. The thing to celebrate is the recovery of Dylan's singing voice, with nary a croak or grizzled note to be heard. This is Dylan's new "Self Portrait."
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