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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B008LZHA3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
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Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962. The album was produced by Dylan himself although, as with other recent studio albums, the producer is credited as ‘Jack Frost’.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bluenote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2012
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This is, without doubt, the best Dylan album to be released in decades. Most of his albums that I have bought in recent years have had one or two good tracks on, such as "Highlands" and "Mississippi", but most of the tracks have been consigned to my mp3 collection with just the occasional play. This was different. Just like some of his earlier offerings I have played the entire album over and over again, allowing the words and music to seep into my conciousness. I've also searched the web for the lyrics, thought about the words, looked for, and perhaps found some hidden meanings - everything you should do with a Dylan album; and probably this is the first time since "Blood on The Tracks" that I have really been excited by a new Dylan offering. Strange really, considering his voice is shot and the music goes back to the 30s and 40s. Of course with Dylan it is the combination of the lyrics and the way he delivers them (cracked voice notwithstanding) combined with music which always seems to be exactly right.

Although many critics would disagree, I regard "Tempest" as the best track on this album. Although it has a very simple melody, comprises 45 verses, and lasts for around 14 minutes, without a single instrumental break, it is hypnotic and as soon as it finishes you want to hear it again. It tells the story of the sinking of the Titanic, but as as you would expect with Dylan there is a lot of ambiguous subtext, partly revolving around early American folklore. Also, as with several other tracks on the album this one borrows heavily from other old folk songs. In this case it is The Carter Family's "Titanic", from which he has not only used the same tune, but in some verses, almost identical lyrics.
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109 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Rough Diamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2012
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After a few listens, 'Tempest' is starting to reveal itself as a more coherent and considered album than anything Dylan has come up with for decades. Thematically, its overarching concern is man's troubled journey towards oblivion. Yes, it's a 'death' album, but it's also a much more creative and poetic response to the theme than the doomy grumbling on 1997's 'Time Out of Mind'.

The obvious metaphor for our journey towards nemesis is the Titanic's doomed voyage on the title track, and this track is certainly the lynch-pin that holds the album together. But the Titanic's is not the only fatal Atlantic crossing on the album. 'Roll On John' ruminates on John Lennon's ill-fated passage across the sea from England; likewise in 'Narrow Way' the British cross the sea to inflict a "bleeding wound" on Washington by burning down the White House (a bleeding wound that is recalled by Leo's bleeding arm in 'Tempest'). There are other journeys too, similarly heading towards disaster. The Boss in 'Tin Angel' travels out to surprise his wife in flagrente, only for all three of the love-triangle to end up dead. Even the jaunty 'Duquesne Whistle' is from a train that's "on its final run", and whose eponymous whistle makes a sound as though "the sky's gonna blow apart" - just like "the universe opening wide" on 'Tempest' as the ship begins to sink. All through the album, Dylan seems to take grim delight in reminding us that we're all holding a one way ticket and, like the captain of the Titanic, when we stare the compass in the face, "the needle is pointing down". The agents of death are often occluded. There's no iceberg mentioned in the title song; likewise there's no namecheck for Chapman in 'Roll on John'. On 'Tempest', its seems, it's doom alone that counts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2012
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This is Dylan's thirty fifth studio album, timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of his debut self titles recording way back in 1962. It follows on from an unbroken run of very strong albums stretching back to 1997's `Time Out Of Mind'. So what has his Bobness served up for his 50th anniversary? AS you might expect, this is nothing like an anniversary album any other artist might release. Instead of recovering old ground and celebrating past glories, Dylan is still making new and interesting music. Dylan is still utilising the country Americana sound that has served him so well on recent albums such as Modern Times, mixing blues, country, folk, and a maelstrom of other sounds into his melting pot. And this is just the background to his impressive singing. His voice sounds totally cracked now, a ragged and abused instrument. But it now conveys the emotion so much more effectively. The pain, the anger, the joy at simple pleasures in life.

In some odd ways this almost seems like a career retrospective - elements of the production make me think of `Street Legal', there is the country of `Nashville Skyline' days, there is an attempt at a religious overtone a-la `Slow Train Coming' and `Saved', there are the stream of consciousness story songs and a bit of anger at the world that could have come from his mod to late sixties work, all done in a style similar to his more recent albums, in fact, the only thing he doesn't pay homage to are his weak eighties albums.

For all Dylan's faults as a singer, I have to say that this is a joy to listen to. It's catchy and with some great lyrical imagery from the master of the form. It's an album from a man who is aware of his age, and of his place in history.
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