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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 (239 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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109 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Rough Diamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2012
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Of the accumulated reviews of this new Bob Dylan album its difficult to find one that has not referenced that "Tempest" shares its name with Shakespeare's final play. With the great man into his 70's is the master musician leaving yet another tell tale sign? Let us exhort that this is not the case for on this form you can only plead that long may he run. Whatever Dylan's intentions the title is accurately appropriate since " Tempest" is a dark and often stormy affair notably containing a 14 minute and 45 verses long title song dedicated to the sinking of the Titanic where Dylan throws in some of his most vivid images, torrid tales and pale sorrow not least a Captain who "In the dark illumination, he remembered bygone years/He read the Book of Revelation, filled his cup with tears". It is wordplay of the highest order and actually names check Leonard DiCaprio to bring it all up to date.

The album kicks off with "Duqunese Whistle" sounding like a track from a honky tonk jukebox until Dylan's voice kicks in and commences an excellent railroad song which skips along at a fair old pace as the stations pass by. The lovely country lament "Soon after midnight" follows, so effortless and yet so right. The mood changes quickly for the near eight minute long "Narrow Way" a barbed electric guitar piece which rocks hard enough to performed in garages across the US. Dylan's last proper studio album was "Together through life" in 2009 (let us forget his yuletide abomination in that same year) and that suffered from serious sagging in the mid section (a problem for all men of a certain age). "Tempest" is closer to "Modern times" in this respect since every song fits and it's a solid set not least the excellent trilogy of songs from four to six.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Sutherland VINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2012
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Only 48 hours since I got my mitts on it and I've already played Tempest through at least two dozen, magnificent, times. Both nights so far I've stayed up late, into the small hours, just to hear it once more before bed! I simply don't feel compelled to do that kind of thing with records by anyone else... which surely says more than any review can. Some people, here and elsewhere (see Alexis Petridis' review in the Guardian) have decried the already growing conventional critical wisdom that says Tempest stands comparison to some of Dylan's finest work. I say they're contrary for the sake of it and, for once, the conventional wisdom is dead right. Ok, in the grand scheme of Bob Cats I'm in the lower-leagues, but I've still heard 95% of everything he's done and am familiar enough with the official output to try and weigh up Tempest relative to what's come before. And I REALLY struggled to think when he last made a better album. In fact, I traced straight back to Time Out Of Mind, a great record and a close run thing but initial impressions are that this is the superior album. Oh Mercy (1989)? A personal favourite, but Tempest has the edge. In the end, I went back to Street Legal (1978) and got stuck, but that's probably got more to do with my own disproportionate affection for that particular LP. In any case, my way of thinking is that Tempest is Dylan's best album in at least thirty years, which sounds quite ludicrously hyperbolic given the calibre of what he's done in that time... but there you have it, that's my opinion.Read more ›
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