Saturday, October 6, 2012

CD Review: Bob Dylan Celebrates 50 Years With The Release Of "Tempest"

Legendary artist Bob Dylan recently released his 35th studio album entitled “Tempest.” The release of this album coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s self-titled debut album on Columbia Records back in 1962. This new album also follows his string of critically-acclaimed albums dating back to 1997’s “Time Out Of Mind.” This ten-song set features some of Dylan’s most well-written, constructed pieces of music that he has ever created.

The album begins with the first single, “Duquesne Whistle” which finds Dylan down in New Orleans. He sounds like a later-day Louis Armstrong while the band performs a 1920’s swinging jazz tempo for Dylan to reel off his lyrics to. Dylan’s aged, gruff voice fits the mellow sway of “Soon After Midnight” and “Long and Wasted Years” perfectly, while the storied lyrics of “Scarlet Town” gives the song a darker tone. The song “Early Roman Kings” carries your typical blues backbeat, but Dylan’s lyrics make the song sound like new, along with the help of David Hidalgo’s accordion. The album closes with the 14-minute long “Tempest” about the sinking of the Titanic as Dylan rattles through facts and fiction about this fateful event and a tribute to fellow music icon John Lennon in “Roll On John.” The song is one of Dylan’s most heartfelt of his storied career and was almost left off the album.

The new album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album chart, selling over 110,000 copies in its first week of release. Bob Dylan was also featured on the September 24 issue of Rolling Stone, discussing his latest album. Dylan is currently on tour in Canada with fellow musician Mark Knopfler and the two will be hitting the U.S. in mid-October. For more a Bob Dylan’s latest album, “Tempest,” please visit

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