A few contenders.
Desire is one of my favourite Dylan albums, regardless of how much of it he actually wrote.
Love And Theft is a very interesting and clever album,but there are too many dud songs. The magpie songwriting method misfires more often than it succeeds. It was a worthy effort, but Time Out Of Mind is superior in comparison because the songs carry real feeling; it feels like someone is communicating and connecting with you, and so overall it is a more moving experience.
I think Tempest has some great moments too, but dissapointingly it doesn't really work that well as a complete album: many of the arrangements are far too clinical, robotic and dry sounding. The overall effect is heaviness, lacking substance and feeling and life. In short, an album that is ideal for people who enjoy not enjoying themselves. I think the songs work much better as part of the live set; and the rewritten, rearranged Pay In Blood is a huge improvement, a much more rich and engaging experience.
And finally, Shadows In The Night is particularly refreshing for it's simple concept and earnest performance. Crucially, Shadows In The Night is the only album since Time Out Of Mind that feels like it is built on a truly strong foundation.
So Desire is my number one choice, with Shadows In The Night and Time Out Of Mind not far behind.
I ask you to name them....
I think some of the songs on Love And Theft are self-sabotaged by the concept of the songwriting method. It's like a crazy science project. Has the project created interesting, note-worthy results? Most certainly, yes. But do they succeed as songs? That depends on what you are looking for in a song.
For me, selections like Honest With Me, Bye And Bye, Lonesome Day Blues and Summer Days are interesting and often clever concoctions, but not particularly engaging songs. They feel fragmented, scattered, unfocused, and overall unmoving. I prefer it when Bob Dylan writes or sings about what he is experiencing in the world, rather than when he is self-consciously building songs out of bits and pieces.