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Tempest is Bob Dylan's highly-anticipated 35th studio album and coincides with the 50th anniversary of his 1962 eponymous debut album. Produced by Jack Frost and recorded with the members of Dylan's touring band and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Tempest has received worldwide critical acclaim and has been firmly anchored at the top of Amazon s Best Sellers in Music chart since it became available for pre-orders in July 2012.
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.
The vinyl edition of this album is pressed on two 180 gram audiophile quality records by Furnace MFG. The LP also includes a CD copy of the entire album.
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
Top customer reviews
As Dylan's 60s work reflected the consummate cockeyed youthful slant on that era, his 21st century musings offer curious commentary from a more world weary wordsmith. For word play, Early Roman Kings is up there with Highway 61, Narrow Way is as blues sharp as Maggie's Farm, Pay In Blood and Scarlet Town as foreboding as Desolation Row, Soon After Midnight as accesible as It Takes A Lot To Laugh.......
The band behind him here is as muscular as any he's used in the studio and perfectly complements his ragged vocal delivery and the weight of his texts. (Heavy but not without his signature humor.) Tempest is the latest in a line of offerings, from Love & Theft on, where form is married brilliantly to function; band to songs, words to music, vocal delivery to message. (The much heralded last 2 songs, the Titanic tale and the John Lennon tribute, would be best left off the disc in my opinion, but even without them the prior 8 songs make for a solid full cd's worth.)
If this was his last album, doubtful because he is nothing if not prolific, it is a magnificent swan song. Maybe he should quit while he is ahead but that's not his game, he was never afraid to fail. He inspires to keep reaching til we're dead. And this record swings, he is still making great rock n' roll and blues records.
Dylan continues to weave his tapestry of care free style, slight mockery of self, and a general playfulness towards American history and contemporary culture.
For any Dylan fans out there who are still living in the cave since 1966's Blonde On Blonde album (and there ARE still a few) I'll tell ya right now that Dylan has progressed in a long road of ups and downs in the last 45 years and thirty some albums... to quote some lyrics from the sixties... He's younger than that now...
This is the 5th album from the 'Jack Frost Years' of Bob Dylan. Bluesy, rockabill type old fashioned jam stuff for most with classics like DUQUESNE WHISTLE and my fave NARROW WAY, then an unfoldment into folk with a fifteen minute dark interpretation of a Gordon Lightfoot type ditty written by Dylan as he watched Titanic in his underwear... and finally a pop hit to be about the great John Lennon called ROLL ON JOHN which I anticipate will be covered sooner or later by some current kids in the biz...
Dylan is getting older, and a little more ragged for sure, but he doesn't stop using it to his advantage. Bob Dylan aka Jack Frost the creepy old crazy boy... his lyrics still grab me and pull me in... KEEP ON LIVIN MAN!