SYNTH: Bob Dylan, 'Full Moon and Empty Arms'

Each week, staff from CBC Music, Radio 2, 3 and CBC regions across the country collect songs they just can't get out of their heads [Songs You Need to Hear—SYNTH], and make a case for why you should listen, too. Press play below and discover new songs for your listening list.
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To preserve its grandeur I don’t use the word “legend” very often, but watch as I use (and mean) it three times in the next few sentences. Folk music legend Bob Dylan released a wistful, raspy rendition of 10 standards popularized by another legend, Frank Sinatra. “Full Moon and Empty Arms” stands out to me as the most touching and heartfelt of the bunch, but others on Shadows in the Night are absolutely worth a listen. Dylan’s sad and smoky voice, contrasted against a smooth, sliding guitar and bowed bass, make the entire album reminiscent of old recordings by legend Tom Waits. This is a song you need to hear if you are a fan of any names dropped above.

And now my top-five albums of 2015 (in no particular order):

  1. Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night
  2. Tame Impala, Currents
  3. Beach House, Depression Cherry
  4. Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD, Sour Soul
  5. Bahamas, Pink Strat