Anyone give this a listen yet?
I'm somewhat in the same boat. The songs are longer than I'd prefer for that style of music (and I'm a Phish Phan; I LOVE long songs). I think lyrically it's pretty good. Guy can still turn a phrase. I had to listen to Black Rider over and over, because of that one line "your c*ck will not you far" lyrics made my head spin. Not typically the kind of line you would hear in folk(ish) music - but that's Bob, pushing boundaries I suppose. A lot of the songs have that "talking through the song" sound, but then he threw in the blues song "Goodbye Jimmy Reed" which I thought was good.I wondered when somebody would start a thread on this album.
I got it the day it came out and have had it playing in the car. I'm so-so on it. I don't hear the "instant classic" that many reviews (professional and personal) people have given it. The songs seem too long (not counting Murder Most Foul) and I find myself looking to see how much longer the song has to go. I'm a big lyrics person and Dylan is obviously a word man. The lyrics just seem "meh" to me. I really enjoy Love and Theft from 2001. Lyrics are great and music is interesting. I was hoping the return of Charlie Sexton would bring similarly interesting music, but that's not what I hear.