As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 Album Deals, Bob Dylan‘s latest musical masterwork Tempest, released only a few months ago, is currently on sale for only $5. You can check out a track listing here below.
I have written in the past about why I consider Bob Dylan to be my favorite musician of all time. At the age of 71, he continues to experiment with and mold his signature blend of troubadour folk and rebellious rock into a sound practically unique among the music being produced today, making every album he releases a cause for celebration. Tempest, released on September 11 of last year (oddly enough Dylan’s 2001 album Love and Theft was also released on September 11 of that year), is one of his finest recordings since 1997’s Time Out of Mind, one of the high watermarks of his music career and possibly the greatest album of the 1990s. Since Time, Dylan has settled into a comfortable groove of writing and performing songs written in the traditional of the finest musical storytellers. The best tunes on these albums are mini-epics of love, despair, honesty, and hope.
Kicking off with the catchy “Duquesne Whistle,” which Dylan co-wrote with Robert Hunter and is one of the few songs in his catalog you could genuinely dance to, Tempest features the gravelly-voiced legend at his best on eleven endlessly enjoyable tunes that generate a haunting power over your soul the more you listen to them. Beneath the soulful vocals and eloquent music lie tales of death, romance, and the passage of time. No one can take those reverent subjects and turn them into the fodder for great music like Bob Dylan.
In time, Tempest will be regarded as one of the greatest albums Dylan recorded in the wake of his 1997 creative and cultural rebirth. It is the perfect music for those of us accustomed to raging against the dying of the light to quote Dylan Thomas, the poet who gave the former Robert Zimmerman the name he would take at the beginning of his career and the one that will be remembered for centuries after the man finally passes from this mortal realm.
You can also purchase Tempest on CD for just $9.99 and get the MP3 version for free with it.
1. Duquesne Whistle
2. Soon after Midnight
3. Narrow Way
4. Long and Wasted Years
5. Pay in Blood
6. Scarlet Town
7. Early Roman Kings
8. Tin Angel
10. Roll on John
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