Tempest [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


Bob Dylan

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Over the opening sounds of steel guitars and a bouncing bass, Bob Dylan’s ever-growlier voice comes in like a train conductor from another time and we’re whisked away to an Amierca of yore in Tempest opener “Duquesne Whistle.” Tempest is classic Dylan, full of his trademark detail and skillful incorporation of various threads of classic American styles. Dylan and his band tunnel through the country blues of “Narrow Way,” as Dylan delivers irresistible lines in his rambling fashion like “It’s a long and narrow road/If I can’t work up to you/You’ll surely have to work down to me some day.” Tempest isn’t all dusky blues, though, as its ballad “Long and Wasted Years” is one of its best, Dylan offering romantic lament (“I wear dark glasses to cover my eyes/there’re secrets in them that I can’t disguise”). Tempest’s strongest moments come in its closing tracks, the immaculately detailed murder ballad “Tin Angel,” hopeful album closer “Roll on John,” and sandwiched between them the title tracks, an already much-discussed near-14 minute tale of the Titanic “sinking into the underworld” (and also, “Leo and his sketchbook”), over a stately mix of country blues and sea shanty, buoyed by transcendent violins that give pause to Dylan’s depiction of tragedy and what it brings out of ordinary people, good and bad. Tempest ends leaving listeners with renewed interest in the complexity of humanity, as the best of Dylan’s work often stokes our desire to know ourselves and others more deeply. Read More


Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Duquense Whistle
Bob Dylan 05:43
2.
Soon After Midnight
Bob Dylan 03:27
3.
Narrow Way
Bob Dylan 07:28
4.
Long and Wasted Years
Bob Dylan 03:46
5.
Pay in Blood
Bob Dylan 05:09
6.
Scarlet Town
Bob Dylan 07:17
7.
Early Roman Kings
Bob Dylan 05:14
8.
Tin Angel
Bob Dylan 09:05
9.
Tempest
Bob Dylan 13:54
10.
Roll on John
Bob Dylan 07:25

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