Things just seem to get better and better for Bob Dylan. Along with a best-selling book, Chronicles, an art exhibition, and trying his hand at acting in Theme Time Radio Hour, he penned a song for French film director Oliver Dahan’s La Vie En Rose last year—but it didn’t stop there. The film, which follows a journey of self-discovery, inspired the 68-year-old troubadour to write an entire album, "Together Through Life", out on April 28th. “Inspiration is hard to come by,” he says on his website. “You have to take it where you find it.”
Sonically, Dylan found inspiration in 1950s recordings, like the Chess Brothers and those from Sun Records, and lyrically themes of love abound. “These new songs have more of a romantic edge,” he says. And though the album was supposed to be held until the fall, when the film comes out, once record executives heard it they knew they had to release it right away.
His 46th release to date, Together Through Life is his first since 2006’s twice-platinum Modern Times, which went in at #1 on the Billboard charts. And though Together Through Life hasn’t received quite as much fanfare it’s predecessor did it’s certainly not a bad follow up to Dylan’s high point last year—a Pulitzer Prize for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary power.”
Despite the honor, of his new album Dylan is as modest as ever, saying his fans are sure to like it, but beyond that he has no idea. And how about the fact that he’s already sold over a hundred million records?
In classic Dylan form, he says, “It’s a mystery to me.”