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Bob Dylan: Tempest

Fifty years into his recording career, Bob Dylan remains “as magical and mysterious as ever.”

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Fifty years into his recording career, Bob Dylan remains “as magical and mysterious as ever,” said Rob Brunner in Entertainment Weekly. While “he’s never been mistaken for Enrico Caruso,” the 71-year-old legend here wrings “every wrecked nuance” out of the croak of a voice he has left across “10 remarkable new tracks.” Musically, Tempest is “full of curveballs,” said Will Hermes in Rolling Stone. It launches with a “jazzy, pre-rock groove,” then jumps from accordion blues to driving rock to Irish folk. “Lyrically, Dylan is at the top of his game, joking around, dropping wordplay and allegories that evade pat readings” throughout this set of dark, sometimes bloody songs. Take the title track, which through 14 minutes and 45 verses re-creates the sinking of the Titanic in careful detail while managing to name-drop Leonardo DiCaprio. The album closes with “Roll On John,” a moving tribute to John Lennon. Dylan’s final act keeps rolling on too. “It’s a thing to behold.”

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