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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 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 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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112 of 122 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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97 of 108 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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