We don’t do a lot of writing about culture here, but I thought I would drop a couple of quick suggestions, if anyone is looking for some new music.
Buy Bob Dylan’s “Modern Times.” It’s the best album I have heard in years, and the best Dylan album in a long time. “Beyond the Horizon,” “Spirit on the Water,” and “Nettie Moore” are standouts, but there isn’t a weak song to be found on the album. If you haven’t listened to Dylan recently, you’re in for his surprise.
If you missed Ray LaMontagne’s 2004 debut “Trouble,” go listen to it now, and then pick up his new album “Till the Sun Turns Black.” It doesn’t quite reach the heights of “Trouble,” but it’s a powerful, personal work.