WATCH OUT OBAMAWonkette goes on to quote Alex Ross from the New Yorker who has landed a copy of the Dylan's surprise album Together Through Life, saying:
What U.S. Horror Is Bob Dylan Predicting Now?
Bob Dylan’s got a new record coming out next month, and you should be terrified. Yes, the dude continues to make great music, but his past two studio albums were also Harbingers of Doom. Love and Theft was about America in flames, and then under water, and it was recorded in 2001 and released on September 11 of that rotten year. His next record, Modern Times, was released in the autumn of 2006 — it was named after a Depression-era Charlie Chaplin movie, as the stock market hit new heights and the housing bubble was just beginning to pop, and it was filled with grim songs of working people losing ground.
The version I heard ended with the double whammy of I Feel a Change Coming On and It’s All Good — a pair that may cause listeners to detect a political undertow in this seemingly intimate, out-of-time affair. The chorus of the gorgeously lilting, almost Motown-like I Feel a Change could be heard as Obamaesque, although with a certain ambiguous regretfulness Dylan adds, “And the fourth part of the day is already gone.” (That’s apparently a reference to the Book of Nehemiah.) A Dylan album can’t end on such a half-hopeful note, of course. On the grimly boogeying It’s All Good, the singer dons a mask of lethal irony, surveying a ransacked social landscape and then adding, after each exhibition of desperation and decay, “It’s all good.” That smug little phrase has now been destroyed. Dylan’s protestations in the latest interview notwithstanding, some people may indeed come away thinking that the human race is doomed, although at least we go out with a crooked smile.Wonkette points out that critics in the past have connected Hard Rain is Gonna Fall with the Cuban Missile Crisis. She quotes an expert that says Dylan performed the song for the first time at Carnegie Hall in September 1962 and the next month, shazam. Everyone's heading underground while Kennedy sends the fleet to Cuba.
Of course, Dylan at the time said no, no, it just means something's up. Yeah, right.
So now all of Washington'll be one-clicking their Amazon account to get the new album so they know whether it's time to strengthen the levees or head underground quick. Wonkette'll be first in line. BabyBlue will be not far behind. But then again, it's all good.