And the older he gets, the more he becomes like his old man - a sort of musical historian that's a little bit out of time. We Don't Live Here Anymore stands out for its funereal groove and retro banjo coloring, while Lend a Hand leans hard and heavy on a brassy New Orleans jazz groove. The latter's lyric, which praises the virtue of altruism, appears to be about how people needed to come together as one during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And while Dylan may refer to relatively current events, he's also speaking in a (nearly) dead musical language. Both Neko Case and Kelly Hogan greatly help Dylan's cause with their empathetic backing vocals - particularly during the 'I feel your pain' of Everybody's Hurting.
Both Dylans, as young men, displayed a gift for clever wordplay. But now the younger, just like the elder, is writing much more straightforward narratives. Therefore, in this familial instance the phrase, 'Like father, like son' is absolutely appropriate.