Bob Dylan says modern recordings sound “atrocious,” and even the songs on his new album sounded much better in the studio than on disc.
“I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past twenty years, really,” the 65-year-old rocker said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Dylan, who released eight studio albums in that time, returns with his first recording in five years, “Modern Times,” next Tuesday.
Noting the music industry’s complaints that illegal downloading means people are getting their music for free, he said, “Well, why not? It ain’t worth nothing anyway.”
“You listen to these modern records, they’re atrocious, they have sound all over them,” he added. “There’s no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like … static.”
Dylan said he does his best to fight technology, but it’s a losing battle.
“Even these songs probably sounded ten times better in the studio when we recorded ‘em. CDs are small. There’s no stature to it.”
He obviously hasn’t heard Sam’s Town! (Rimshot.)
UPDATE: This entry’s original title was “Bob Dylan Hates Your Band,” which as you astute readers pointed out, was not accurate. Dylan’s actually dissing modern recording technology; however, I still think his claims are a bit extreme.