IN A 40-year career as a recording artist, Bob Dylan changed contemporary music forever. His landmark works of the 1960s alone make him a legend. Since that time, though, he has been prolific. Some of those albums have been true gems, but even his most ardent fans have come to lament a trend of the past three decades. He has not followed one masterpiece with another.
Love And Theft, Dylan's 43rd album, follows his 1997 Grammy-winning tour de force Time Out of Mind. It is, however, very different from that series of ruminations on mortality and the reality of evil. In fact, the new album's loose, live feel will come as a jolt to …