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Bob Dylan Back In Chicago

Bob Dylan's show at UIC Wednesday night "prove[d] to be one of his most generous Chicago sets in recent decades," Greg Kot writes for the Tribune.

"The singer is 78 years old, but there was a Chaplin-esque jauntiness to his step, a snap to his voice that hadn't been apparent on recent tours. Age catches up with most of us, but Dylan looked and sounded rejuvenated, his voice as clear and sharp as I've heard it in decades."

Kot wasn't the only one who thought so.

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He was reviewed similarly in Minneapolis, his previous stop:

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We thought the hullabaloo deserved a look-see.

1. "When I Paint My Masterpiece."

Kot: "A sparse piano-and-vocal intro renewed 'When I Paint My Masterpiece,' and Dylan turned the performance into a series of images that suggested a Fellini movie: absurdity, comedy, wonder, as Donnie Herron's violin matched the singer's swooning delivery of the word 'beautiful' . . . 'Masterpiece' suggested a slow-motion carnival in the countryside."

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2. "Honest With Me."

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3. "Make You Feel My Love."

Yes, he wrote the Adele song.

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4. "Ballad Of A Thin Man."

Wow, here's where you can really hear the best Dylan vocals in years.

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5. "Early Roman Kings."

Kot: "Dylan brought an assassin's precision to 'Pay in Blood' and 'Early Roman Kings,' wielding words like switchblades."

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6. "Things Have Changed."

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7. Bob Dylan and His Band.

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