Bob Dylan has released two consecutive albums covering songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra: “Shadows in the Night” (2015) and “Fallen Angels” (2016). He follows that same path on his latest effort, “Triplicate,” which was released on Friday, March 31. It’s his 38th studio album, and true to its title it’s not only his third album of classics, but also a massive three-disc set containing 30 songs.
Critics don’t mind the length, or the continued trip down memory lane. As this writing the album has scored 84 on MetaCritic with reviews calling his singing “sensitive” and the arrangements “exquisite.” “The world is undeniably richer” for Dylan’s journeys to the past. And “it’s majestic in its own right.”
“Shadows in the Night” and “Fallen Angels” both earned Grammy nominations for Best Traditional Pop Album over the last two years, and though neither won he’s hardly wanting for recognition. He’s a 10-time Grammy winner, an Oscar winner, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, as of last year, a Nobel Prize winner for literature.
Do you think we’ll see him back at the Grammys with this latest collection? Are you excited to still hear him singing old standards, or would you rather hear an album of new Bob Dylan material? Check out some of the reviews below, and discuss this and more with your fellow music fans in our forums.
Jon Dennis (Guardian): “On ‘Triplicate’ – as it was with ‘Shadows in the Night’ and ‘Fallen Angels’ – his singing is sensitive and the exquisite arrangements avoid Rat-Pack brashness and cloying sentimentality. Dylan is a prism through which American music is revealed in new and fascinating ways.”
Mikal Gilmore (Rolling Stone): “Bob Dylan’s third foray into songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra isn’t only the largest set of new recordings he’s ever released (three CDs, 30 songs), it’s also majestic in its own right. Dylan moves through this area … as if it’s territory for him to chart and command.”
Doug Heselgrave (Paste): “Rough and worn in, scratchy and diffident, ‘Triplicate’ continues Bob Dylan’s extended love song to the great crooners of the last century … Every one of the performances on ‘Triplicate’ is heartfelt, exquisite and more than a little battered.”
Randy Lewis (Los Angeles Times): “There’s always clamor, understandably, for a new Dylan album full of new Dylan songs, something he hasn’t delivered since 2012’s ‘Tempest.’ But the world is undeniably richer for his guided tour through the trove of songs that helped lay the foundation for American music.”