Bob Dylan will release his 46th album Together Though Life on April 28, 2009, and in a rather stunning move for the notoriously prickly and private Dylan, the singer has posted a Q&A with noted journalist Bill Flanagan about the new record on his official web site.
In the Q&A, Dylan says the album was prompted after writing "Life is Hard" for an upcoming film by French director Oliver Dahan. In addition, Dylan says these songs have more of a "romantic" feel than those on his previous album, Modern Times.
A complete tracklisting has not been made available, but someone at Rolling Stone has heard the entire album and among the song titles mentioned are "Life is Hard," "Beyond Here Lies Nothing," "If You Ever Go To Houston," "This Dream Of You," and "It's All Good." Billboard reports song titles "My Wife's Hometown," "Forgetful Heart," "Shake Shake Mama," and "I Feel A Change Coming On."
Dylan has again self-produced the album, crediting production duties to his 'Jack Frost' pseudonym, and says "the sound is uncluttered. There's power and suspense."
It's great to see Dylan releasing music at a faster clip. Together Through Life comes a little less than three years after Modern Times and less than one year after the eighth installment in Dylan's legendary 'Bootleg Series.' Modern Times was released five years after its predecessor "Love and Theft," one of the longest gaps without new music in his career.
Dylan's last three studio albums — Time Out of Mind, "Love and Theft," and Modern Times — have all gone platinum and have been hailed by critics around the world as among the finest of his legendary career, in which Dylan has won nearly every award devised by human kind. He's won an Oscar and a Golden Globe ("Things Have Changed"). He's won Grammys (Time Out of Mind, "Love and Theft,"). He's even won a special Pulitzer Prize.