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Bob Dylan: 'Love and Theft'

Wayne Robins,, 10 September 2001

HOW DO YOU tell the difference between a great new Bob Dylan album and one that's more ordinary? You can't stop playing the great ones after one listen. The dozen songs on "Love and Theft"˛ his new (43rd) album, go by in a blur of ear-catching elusiveness. The energy and excitement make an immediate demand: Play it again, man. Just play it, like you did back in college, listening over and over for the messages Dylan seized from the zeitgeist.

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