I noticed that Bob Dylan's new album, Modern Times debuted at #1 on the Billboard album charts this week. Johnny Cash's posthumous release, American V: A Hundred Highways achieved a similar feat earlier this year. This tells me two things: #1 mostly old people are buying albums these days, and #2 the recording industry is in big trouble.
The reviews for Dylan's new album have been ecstatic. Those of you who know me, or have read much of the content on this blog, know that I enjoy playing the role of the contrarian. But I have no contrarian take to offer on Modern Times. I haven't been able to listen to the album as closely as I'd like, but as far as I can tell it is every bit as good as the reviews suggest. If you haven't picked it up already, I highly recommend it, along with another album of geezer rock, Tom Petty's Highway Companion, and Richard Thompson's wonderful DVD/CD set 1,000 Years of Popular Music.