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Shadow Kingdom

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Shadow Kingdom debuted at number 71 on the Billboard 200 but was the seventh best-selling album in the US during its first week of release based on pure album sales. Shadow Kingdom nonetheless earned rave reviews from critics, many of whom praised Dylan's creative re-arrangements of his early songs as well as Har'el's imaginative staging of the performances. This, perhaps, is the key to Shadow Kingdom, and a decent artistic reason – the commercial expediencies being self-evident – why Dylan has chosen to release the show as an album now. Think of it as a companion to Rough And Rowdy Ways, and that album’s ongoing tour: as if Dylan were reinventing those ‘Early Songs’ in the same silvery light, and getting them out of the way before he hits the road again to concentrate on his Latest Songs.

Murky photos suggest the touring band, with light electric guitar on a bed of acoustics, with occasional accordian and pedal steel.It marked his first concert performance since December 2019, and first performance since his universally acclaimed album Rough and Rowdy Ways. Shadow Kingdom presents Dylan performing revelatory 21st century versions of songs from his storied back catalog – including fan favorites like "Forever Young" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," and deep catalog gems like "Queen Jane Approximately" and "The Wicked Messenger.

Pledging My Time is the most ethereal of blues, a rendering of tradition that seems to be broadcast from the spirit plane. The performance of " Forever Young" from Har'el's film was released as a standalone video on June 2, 2023. Shadow Kingdom presents Dylan performing revelatory 21st century versions of songs from his storied back catalog – including fan favourites like "Forever Young" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," and deep catalog gems like "Queen Jane Approximately" and "The Wicked Messenger.

Sung in an acoustic sertting, with a 'one-take' feel, they are, as you'd expect, noticably different from the originals. Bob Dylan Gets Smoke in His Eyes, but Not So Much in His Excellent Vocals, in Lynch-esque 'Shadow Kingdom': Stream Review". Willman also praised Dylan's vocal performances ("he hasn’t sounded better in decades") and compared the "surreality" of the film's fictional setting (the non-existent "Bon Bon Club" in Marseille, France) to locations in David Lynch's Twin Peaks. The old songs and vintage effect might invoke a certain nostalgia, but the juke joint ambience is more Lynchian than neat historic reconstruction, and the songs sound little like they used to do.

So a look back through the years bringing a relaxing reinterpretation of his past that is not better than the originals just different and for Dylan fans well worth a listen. A location shrouded in enigma and subterfuge (a Santa Monica soundstage being somewhat less romantic). And what the subtitle described as ‘The Early Songs Of Bob Dylan’, reconfigured without drums to complement the liminal atmosphere of director Alma Har’el’s visuals.This means that the sound is close to Tex-Mex with its use of acoustic guitars and an accordion to add colour it is a very gentle sound and Dylan's voice is relaxing presence. It has an interesting track list, Now do I hate it 'No' he's made worse studio albums but I certainly don't love or dig it as he's made studio albums on completely different levels. The album's setlist includes 13 original songs handpicked by Dylan for his Shadow Kingdom performance plus the closing instrumental, "Sierra's Theme. Shadow Kingdom showcases Bob Dylan in an intimate setting as he performs songs from his extensive body of work, created especially for this event.



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