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In its five-star review, Rolling Stone calls Tempest, ''musically varied and full of curveballs....Dylan now stand virtually alone among his 1960s peers.''
Entertainment Weekly gives it a ''Grade: A'' and writes, ''Dylan remains as magical and mysterious as ever.'' Associated Press calls it , ''One of the best discs you ll hear by anyone this year.'' Mojo also gives the album five stars, writing, ''Dylan sets sail on his finest album of this century.''
New Yorker says Tempest is ''as spirited and vigorous an album as he's made.'' The Washington Post writes that Dylan ''has delivered his most compelling release in more than a decade.''
Bob Dylan's four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. This year, Bob Dylan was also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.
Ten remarkable new songs, tackling topics like the Titanic disaster (the epic title track) and the assassination of John Lennon (the deeply felt ''Roll On John''). Thirty-five albums in, Dylan remains as magical and mysterious as ever.
Rob Brunner --Entertainment Weekly
5 out of 5
Blood, shipwrecks, bad memories....Dylan now stands virtually alone among his 1960s peers. His own final act, meanwhile, rolls on. It s a thing to behold .
Will Hermes --Rolling Stone
5 out of 5
Dylan sets sail on his finest album of this century....[He is] is a most remarkable survivor: still standing, working and confounding.
David Fricke --Mojo
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After a somewhat lean 1980's and even leaner early-mid 90's as far as quality output from Dylan, he's now in the midst of a pretty remarkable 15-year renaissance beginning with 1997's near-perfect 'Time Out of Mind.' Every album in that span has been extremely well-received and critically-acclaimed--with only '09's 'Together Through Life' receiving even the mildest of criticisms--and I have a pretty strong feeling this trend will continue with his latest. As someone who's been slightly burnt-out on Dylan over the past few years, I think it's safe to say he won't be coming out of my rotation anytime in the foreseeable future.
Right out of the gate his larynx sounds utterly destroyed on the swingin,' country-jukebox dance-floor number, "Duquesne Whistle," but that doesn't take anything away from the song. In fact, it adds a certain kind of charm, giving Dylan a swagger that's been wholly earned through his 50 years of musical storytelling and lessons. His voice is one that demands to be listened to--now as much as ever. And I dare you to stay still in your seat during this track.
After bringing it down a notch with the tender ballad, "Soon After Midnight," Dylan kicks it back into first with the rowdy Chicago blues stomp of "Narrow Way," and when his weary, gravelly voice spouts "It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way," you believe him wholeheartedly.Read more ›
Now you've got a taste for it, start the CD from the beginning and enjoy Duquesne Whistle, with its distinctive old-style intro and an absolutely first rate shuffle arrangement that clearly the musicians themselves found a lot of fun. Continue to Soon After Midnight, a gentle ballad with some truly beautiful words, and some that might puzzle at first ("I've been down on the killing floors" and "I'll drag his corpse through the mud"). Explanation (maybe): Bob's in the Deep South; New Orleans, perhaps, or Atlanta? Both these tunes pass the old grey whistle test - i.e. are catchy enough for the old chap on the door to be heard whistling them.
While we're picking out the pretty tunes, let's try the descending scale of Long and Wasted Years. As ever, though, beware of the pretty tune. Behind this one is as bleak a picture of failed marriage as was ever put in song.
There are two twelve bar blues songs on the album, Narrow Way and Early Roman Kings. The key to Early Roman Kings is not Romulus and his 8th to 6th Century BCE successors, but a 1960's New York City gang.Read more ›
is a cheesy booklet.Not even glossy photos.
Buy the basic CD. If you like Dylan you will like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are reading this, you should be proceeding to checkout with Tempest in your cart.Published 1 month ago by Chris
Great combo ! You have to be a true Dylan fan to enjoy this, his voice resonates the pain of many years.Published 1 month ago by Linn Decker
One of Bob Dylan's BEST! I especially love the song about the 'sinking of the Titanic' . . . very sad, but profound! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
yes particularly enjoyable playing in the van in a rain stormPublished 2 months ago by lineinthesand
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|Bob Dylan's last album?||
No one will ever know what Bob Dylan is thinking at any point in time. So what's the use in guessing?
Jul 17, 2012 by PJZeppelin | See all 35 posts
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The first album I ever bought by dylan was 3 months ago and it was his groundbreaking "going electric" album! I absolutely fell in love and am marked for LIFE. next i bought "on vinyl" slow train coming, saved, and shot of love---which I LOVE! My husband doesn't yet understand... Read More
Sep 9, 2012 by SuperLala | See all 12 posts
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I'm actually going to go a step further and say this is his best since Oh Mercy. This album is...incredible.
Sep 6, 2012 by Dylan | See all 8 posts
|Early Roman Kings out today?||
I don't know about it's release as a single, but they are playing a lot of the song on an ad for the new season of "Strikeback" on Cinemax... blues, sounds pretty damn good! Bob of course still has that mouthful of gravel, but I'm used to it by now.
Aug 21, 2012 by Wipster | See all 3 posts
|How will the CD be mastered?||
I don't hear distortion, that's for sure. But I'm also playing well-pressed LPs on properly set up equipment. CD doesn't sound better than vinyl any more than vinyl sounds better than CD. It depends on each individual release, mostly due to mastering and - in the case of LPs - the pressing... Read More
Sep 12, 2012 by Mark S. | See all 23 posts
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