ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS is the artist’s first album of original songs in eight years and is now available for pre-order concurrent with release of new track, ‘False Prophet’.
Columbia Records confirmed today that ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS, the first album of original songs from Bob Dylan in eight years, will be released June 19 and is available for pre-order here through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. A track from the album, False Prophet was released today and is available for streaming here. The album will be released in several configurations, including a 2-disc CD, a 2-LP gatefold vinyl and digital.
Today’s announcement follows the recent release of two other songs from the forthcoming ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS: the album’s lead-off track, I Contain Multitudes plus the nearly 17-minute epic Murder Most Foul, which will appear on its own separate disc in the CD album package.
According to Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer, “These songs are unprecedented. By Bob or anybody else.”
Of Murder Most Foul, American journalist Omar Zalmonowitz wrote, “The success of Dylan’s first and only No. 1 Billboard chart hit song is not in the form of a broad cultural survey. Instead it is rooted in Dylan’s unapologetic association to musical and cultural currents that he helped establish, and that he can now project with authority against the background of the present.” Italian author Michele Ulisse Lipparini wrote, “We are far from anything Bob has written before, and the length of a song or Kennedy’s name is not enough to make this ‘experience’ comparable to anything that comes from the past.”
Of I Contain Multitudes, Will Hodgkinson wrote in London’s The Times, “Dylan has remembered what he is better than anyone at: writing songs of fathomless depth and feeling.”
The 10-track ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS is Bob Dylan’s first album of new songs since becoming the only songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.
Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world. ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS is the artist’s 39th studio album.