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Dylan's TEMPEST -- his best in years!


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Initial post: Sep 5, 2012 6:18:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2012 6:23:08 PM PDT
Autonomeus says:
TEMPEST sounds great!

I am not the biggest fan of Dylan's recent albums, so for me this may well be his best since UNDER THE RED SKY (1990), which I consider to be tremendously under-rated.

Others may think it's his best since LOVE & THEFT (2001). But to find out, check out the free stream on I-Tunes!

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 7:03:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2012 7:04:02 PM PDT
doodah man says:
It shows the tracks for Tempest on i-tunes(store), but.... they won't play, still blacked out. Says I can pre-order, expected release 9/11.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 8:08:13 PM PDT
Autonomeus says:
Here's a link to the free stream:

http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/09/stream-bob-dylans-tempest-read-our-review/

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 8:27:37 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Thanks, that works.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 12:11:27 PM PDT
zlh67 says:
Thanks for the link! I've listened to "Tempest" a couple of times through now and it is plenty good, although to me it sounds a lot like "Modern Times". Which is not a BAD thing as I love that album, but it's hardly a departure, and I don't see this one topping "Love and Theft" in my book.

Here's how I'd rate his more recent studio albums:

Love And Theft (9/10; ALMOST flawless)
Modern Times (8/10; ahead of "Time Out Of Mind" just because it sounds warmer and is more consistent)
Time Out Of Mind (7/10; some of his very best stuff, but a bit uneven in places too; production is a bit "cold" to me too)
Together Through Life (5/10; this one just never grew on me much...)

"Tempest" is still too new to me to rate, but I see it as a 7 or 8 album so far. It could improve though (Love and Theft didn't initially blow me away either, but now I love every track). Even if it doesn't, it sounds like another solid 21st century Dylan release. Amazing.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 5:55:47 PM PDT
ulijon says:
I am not to receive my vinyl edition until next week and I am anxious to hear the new lp after the disappointing last album (Together Through Life). I love Modern Times and think it is as strong as Love and Theft

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 6:18:48 PM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
"...to me it sounds a lot like 'Modern Times'. Which is not a BAD thing as I love that album, but it's hardly a departure, and I don't see this one topping 'Love and Theft' in my book."

100% agreed -- I listened to the iTunes stream this afternoon, and I hope to pick up the CD next week. :)

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 5:01:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 5:13:36 AM PDT
Hinch says:
I too was disappointed in his last couple albums. I'll be sure to check this one out. Actually I like GOOD AS I BEEN TO YOU better than any since.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 6:14:28 AM PDT
Randy says:
Haven't heard TEMPEST yet, but unlike some others on here, I really liked TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 6:21:09 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Recent Bob records:
1-Love and Theft
2-Not Dark Yet
3-Modern Times
4-Together Through Life

Love Bob...I bought the copy with the harmonica...
I hope to get it soon since they just charged my account yesterday!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 6:40:51 AM PDT
zlh67 says:
Viva --

I assume your #2 album is 1997's "Time Out Of Mind" (which contains the song "Not Dark Yet"). "Dark" is just a great, great song and the high point of that album for me too. One of the best songs he's done over the last coupla decades. And there are other gems as well, but I didn't find it quite as consistent as "Modern Times". So I have your 2 and 3 spots reversed, but not by much (they're both solid albums imo).

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 6:46:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 6:49:36 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Agree on both being solid...and I saw him do "Not Dark Yet" once live...awesome!
I'm getting Dylan/Knopfler tickets next week!!!

You know what one of my all time favote disc of Bob's is...Tell Tale Signs: Bootleg Series 8...get it.
I paid an s-load and got the extra disc just to have all three Mississipi outtakes...

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 9:51:45 AM PDT
zlh67 says:
Dylan is only doing 1 TX show and of the big cities bands tend to hit (SA, Hou, Dall), it's the one furthest from me and that I like least (Dallas), so I'm probably going to have to miss this one since I just laid down a ton for ACL Fest tix in Austin.

I too have Tell Tale Signs and also laid out for the 3 disc version. My fave track is the live "Things Have Changed". Musically, totally different than the studio version and yet it's every bit as good. Not many can take an already great song, totally rework it and have it come out still fantastic!

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 12:45:42 AM PDT
'Tempest' has excellent songs, but IMO, the vocals have reached a level of gravel where it has become almost unlistenable. Dylan is one of my five all-time favorite artists, and his songwriting prowess has never waivered. But the constant touring and years of smoking have made his singing sound like modern-day Clint Eastwood talking mixed with Tom Waits crooning after an all-nighter. It doesn't make for pleasurable listening. Yet, the songs in and of themselves are great.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 7:17:29 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Tempest is one of his best songs in a longggg time.
Forty some verses, no chorus and a wonderful Bob styled story.
To me it was just Bob telling everyone else "I've still got it and it's better than the rest of you!"

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 10:55:44 AM PDT
MarcoVG4 says:
I have to agree with Robert Bykowski - I just can't get past the weak vocals.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 4:26:35 AM PDT
DPask says:
I must be in the minority here, but I love Together Through Life. He got on a roll with Time Out Of Mind, and hasn't slowed down yet! Tempest, Love And Theft, Modern Times....all terrific to my ears!

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 9:27:28 AM PST
Mike B. says:
Dylan can still pull the rabbit out of the hat when he wants to, and it's great to see he's still "got it" after all these years. "Tempest" is a strong set of songs worthy of all the praise it's received, and is a fine addition to his recorded legacy.
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