Why: I'm a big fan of some of Dylan's work with his band, The Wallflowers, specifically their breakthrough, Bringing Down the Horse, which features some of my favorite drum work, courtesy of our own Matt Chamberlain.
Notes: This record was produced by Rick Rubin, so it's supposed to be amazing, right? A back-to-basics, stripped-down affair, a la Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond, right? It's not. Instead, it's the adult contemporary sound Dylan's been flirting with for years. After Letters from the Wasteland, Dylan started melting into mediocrity with half-cocked riffs and rambling, nonsensical lyrics (and not in a good way). I'd like this album a hell of a lot more if wasn't affected at all, and it was just Dylan in a studio singing and playing guitar. If he's going to make a record of background music, please give it some personality.
But, I don't want the slow, boring Dylan. I want what you had on Horse. I want "God Don't Make Lonely Girls," "Josephine," and "The Difference." Everything you put out now is so monotone. Don't you remember what it was like to change things up, vocally, between tracks?