CD: Bob Dylan - Tempest

By admin
28 September 2012

“I’m not dead yet; my bell still rings,” Bob proclaims, and you better believe it

Rating: 4/5

At 71 Bob Dylan has a voice that’s so croaky it’s been compared to a lawnmower but he uses it to almighty effect here to give his confoundingly intriguing lyrics an in-your-face quality full of youthful attitude and vigour. There’s reflection, sadness and regret but also anger, wit and lust.

The crack musicians keep the music wonderfully loose-but-tight, whether it’s muscular Chicago blues (Early Roman Kings), wicked Western swing (Duquesne Whistle) or lilting Irish balladry (the title track). .

- Willem Möller

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