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Singer Bob Dylan performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans earlier this year.

Veteran singer Bob Dylan has called the quality of modern music recordings “atrocious” and “worth nothing,” BBC Online reports.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 65-year-old said: “There’s no definition of nothing, no nothing, just like... static.”

Dylan, who is to release his first studio album in five years, added that his music sounded better in the studio.

He also failed to denounce illegal music downloads, saying: “Well, why not? It ain’t worth nothing anyway.”

“You listen to these modern records, they’re atrocious, they have sound all over them,” he said. “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really.

“CDs are small, there’s no stature to it,” added Dylan, who has released eight studio albums in the past 20 years and 44 official albums during the course of his career.

His new release, Modern Times, features 10 original tracks. Dylan plays keyboard, guitar and harmonica as well as singing on the record.