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Tempest by Bob Dylan
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Columbia
Don't be fooled when Tempest bounces out of the gate with "Duquesne Whistle"; the heart and soul of Bob Dylan's 35th studio release is a bleak and beautiful meditation on the sinking of the Titanic. That title track waltzes along forever, showing off Dylan's enduring gift as a storyteller. Though many of the other tunes shrink beside this monstrous (and often gruesome) ballad, they aren't without their rootsy charms. The swinging grooves are provided by Dylan's longtime touring band, who endow tunes like "Long and Wasted Years" and "Early Roman Kings" with a ramshackle appeal.
Nate Cavalieri

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