Fifty years after his first album, Bob Dylan, 71, has released Tempest, his 35th studio album, to critical acclaim. Over half a century, Dylan has never repeated himself.
Randal Roberts of The LA Times says, “Dylan lives in every molecule of our being, has taught us about lyrical possibility, has reveled in the joy of words and the power and glory of making things up from scratch. To learn that a new Dylan project is in the works is to know that there’s a good chance your brain will be forever changed by at least one new rhyming couplet, snarling oath or graceful guitar line. On “Tempest,”…there are many such moments.”
The songs range from light to dark, from blues to ballad, from topical references to phrases borrowed from Child ballads, all resonating to Dylan’s unique and raspy voice.
“Scarlet Town,” echoes the “Barbara Allen,” where Sweet William on…
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