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His devotees noted Shakespeare's final play was named The Tempest, but 71-year-old Bob Dylan shot down speculation that it means this will be his final album. For the past decade, Dylan has sounded remarkably comfortable in the recording studio, releasing a string of albums that capture vintage blues, R&B and country string band music to complement his road-worn voice. "I ain't dead yet, my bell still rings," he sings on the "Mannish Boy"-influenced "Early Roman Kings" and it sounds like a reassurance. Dylan susses meaning from phrases others throw away. This is dark, dusty music with secrets tucked inside its riddles. "Duquesne Whistle," a collaboration with Robert Hunter, shuffles down the line. A hypnotizing riff works over "Narrow Way" for seven-plus minutes as Dylan quotes the Mississippi Sheiks. On "Pay In Blood," Dylan sounds like a man settling a score. "Scarlet Town" and "Tin Angel" extend the narratives, but it's the title track that squeezes 45 verses into 14 minutes for an epic that wanders from shipwreck to Leonardo DiCaprio without losing the thread.

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The Old Joker in the Deck

Fantastic! Dylan's late renaissance is unprecedented. None of his peers in rock can compare. This is crazy, eclectic, intelligent music that mixes a bunch of styles: blues, jazz, folk, rock, celtic; with fantastic and relevant lyrics; not only Dylan's but all sorts of odd bits and pieces from old songs and poems. A few contemporary references drop in too. This is a pretty dark and violent album though. The lecherous and treacherous are everywhere and a lot of blood gets spilled. Luckily we get enough charm, wit, (gallows) humor and great music to keep it from getting too heavy. Bob's a fiendish clown and its incredible to hear. Bring him his fiddle!

Bob Dylan never disappoints!!

I have been listening to bob dylan for 35 years now and he remains still one of my all time favourite artists! This album is very different than his last one " together through life" One song sounds similar "early roman kings" but thats ok with me. His lyrics are intriguing, and interesting. There are several references to God,"I pay in Blood, but not my own" and "I'm sworn to uphold the laws of God even before a firing squad" On the first song he say " I here a sweet voice calling it must be the mother of our lord" There are also other references to God if you listen to them. My favourite songs are "Soon after midnight" & "Pay in Blood" I like the whole album but find the songs Tin Angel And Tempest very sad and on the heavy side. All in All a very good album, very good tribute to John Lennon on the song Roll on John! I would like to say thanks again Bob for taking the time to record another album especially for Die hard fans like me! P.S. his voice sounds the best on the song "Soon after midnight" maybe that's why its one of my favourites, its also the prettiest song on the album!

America's Troubadour Triumphs

Bob Dylan could have rested on his laurels decades ago. Instead he continues to impress us with his wit and implore us to think about life, death and human values. You'd think after 35 studio albums that he'd learn to sign but we've grown accustomed to his voice. Tempest is littered with literary and social references that make repeated listenings a must. Keep on keeping on Bob!


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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