Bob Dylan- Tempest

I’ve never been shy about singing Bob Dylan’s praises, and this album is no different. I get it, his voice these days is not going to be to everyone’s liking, but for me, it works so well with the music he is doing now. It sound aged, weathered and sometimes down right angry. In Tempest, he might have created one of his darkest albums yet. The album starts off with a happy enough tune in “Duquesne Whistle“, but it only gets darker from there. “Pay In Blood” sounds to me like a man who resents his fame and what he’s become at this point. He is only human, but most of his fans make him out be a God, regardless of how he downplays his role in popular music (Well I’m grinding my life out, steady and sure/ Nothing more wretched than what I must endure). The track that gained the most notice before the album was even released is the title track. An almost 14 minute song about Titanic, Dylan references everything from the deck band to Leonardo DiCaprio. Some people have said they find the songs tiring and twice as long as it needs to be, but I find it goes by quickly  enough (then again Desolation Row is my favorite Dylan song), and explains the story as Dylan set out to. Tempest ends with one of the more touching songs in the Dylan catalog, “Roll On John“. Dylan has widely been known as an influence on The Beatles, and while Lennon has referenced Dylan in several of his songs, Dylan has largely remained quiet on his friendship with Lennon until this song. While it doesn’t reveal much, it does let you know Lennon had an impact, and is a fitting tribute to one of the most popular figures in music and activism. This album is definitely not a casual listen, it’s a journey, and like all Dylan albums, there is nothing that really compares. Every changing even in his 70’s, Dylan remains as relevant as ever and this album stands out as one of his best of the last 30 years. Here are a couple of my favorite tracks from Tempest.


 

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