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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 Snippets sound very promising.

It's already got me hooked. I normally buy the cd, but what is the iTunes Tempest LP in the bonus content? It sounds like more music, live tracks, demos, new stuff?


I lost contact with Dylan for last decade or more as his voice became more ragged and rough it just obscured and marred the music for me. Perthaps a song here and there might have caught my ear but I couldn't rally any enthusiasim for Dylan any longer. That altered abruptly when I heard Duquesne Whistle. The opening melody really got me hooked, whereas the song itelf was a little slower to appreciate (again it's the voice) but it gradually grew on me. The accompanying video is just bizarre. Temptest has some of the best Dylan songs I've heard in a long time, especially the epic tital song that seems like a good companion piece to Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald--both songs haunting and tragic. Long and Wasted Years is another breathtaking song that seems it needed to be longer and ends rather abruptly. It all ends with the stunning Roll On John. Vocal quibbles aside Dylan can still write some compelling songs. Hopefully there are no thoughts of retiring any time soon. Dylan s among the elder statesmen of artists who prove that advancing age does not mean their contributions are any less valid---they are needed all the more as music seems to become more mechanical and inhuman. Roll On Bob.

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Again with the criticism of his voice? Mercy.


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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