"Tempest" continues on the late-career road paved by 2001's "Love and Theft," and despite a misstep or two, Bob Dylan delivers once again.
It’s nearly impossible to talk about a new Bob Dylan record without at least some ancillary discussion of the man’s unmatched overall body of work…but I’m gonna give it a shot.
Tempest is a mostly a good set of songs that continue along the old-timey, western swing trajectory he’s been on for the past decade. It’s a style that, at 71 years old, perfectly suits Dylan and his ever-weathered singing voice. He’s been touring with the same bunch of guys for ages now, (Tony Garnier, Donnie Herron, George Receli, Stu Kimball and Charlie Sexton) and when they turn it on, they positively crackle. “Narrow Way” is a prime example: Bob and the band flip a Muddy Waters riff on it’s head, speed it up a bit, and turn it into a seven minute country honk hoedown that you wish would never end.
Aside from a few missteps though, Tempest has some pretty great moments and plenty of the usual lyrical treasures to sort through.