Magic and Gloss

Producer of geniuses Daniel Lanois whips out his pedal-steel and goes it alone on Shine

He speaks of Dylan as if they attend neighborhood watch meetings and yell at the umpires together at their nephews' Little League games. Consequently, if he at times comes across as a hopeless romantic ("Sometimes I feel like I'm on the freight train/Forever rescued by the mystery rain," goes one lyric), he's got a better excuse than most folks.

"As a teenager, when you develop an interest in rock and roll, the sentiment is not about making sure you read a lot of books. That's not the vibe," Lanois says. "The vibe is to rock out, play music and drop out of school. It's rebellion. I'm fascinated with that element of our structure. We want to rebel, but we also want great lyrics.

"I'm trying to become a Beat poet in this late stage in my life."

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