This story originally published on Sept. 29, 1997. It is being republished as part of the commemoration of USA TODAY’s 40th anniversary on Sept. 15, 2022.
On Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind , everything is broken.
His first album of new material in seven years finds Dylan exploring mortality, heartbreak and isolation with blunt sincerity. His voice, clear and confident, is by turns nakedly vulnerable and eerily stern, hovering over a raw and spooky sonic landscape that entwines Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson and David Lynch.