This is his only album to top UK and US album charts consecutively. All but one track is co-written with Robert Hunter. It has been said the sound is similar to the old Chess and Sun Records labels, which he acknowledged as an "effect of the way instruments were played".
Beyond Here Lies Nothing is a quote from Ovid; it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, Rock. Life Is Hard has been labelled a ‘bleak ballad’ and My Wife’s Home Town contains the chorus line: "I just wanna say that Hell’s my wife’s home town".
The album is again a mix of genres and styles, it nods to his past, hums along with where he was at in 2009, and promises more great things to come as Dylan reinvents himself again. The track I Feel a Change Comin’ On says: "I feel a change comin’ on/though the last part of the day’s already gone".