Monday, September 17, 2012 By Aaron Brown
Bob Dylan is out with his latest new album "Tempest." The Duluth-born, Hibbing-raised poet-musician always draws a lot of attention with his work. The album has received generally strong reviews. My own impression is that "Tempest" seems a major achievement in music and songwriting -- more so than even his other recent work -- but that Dylan's road-weary voice is completely different than it was just 10 years ago. You get more of a Tom Waits sound than the playful troubadour you hear on his superb 1960s and '70s albums.
One of the singles off Tempest is "Duquesne Whistle," which unless I'm mistaken was covered last Saturday by Garrison and gang on "A Prairie Home Companion," showing how quickly Dylan's work influences the music world.
"The Tempest," of course, was the name of Shakespeare's final play and many now speculate this was a playful way for Dylan to name his latest album. Is this is his last album? Or is Dylan merely estimating that he's 71 now and perhaps that's merely a statistical possibility? In any event Amazon is offering downloads of "Tempest" and most other Bob Dylan MP3 albums for $5. So you can get the new one or one of his earlier ones. Normally I don't "sell stuff" here (except for my book ... buy my book) but I thought this would be of interest to some of you.
The $5 Dylan albums deal is for a limited time, so IF this interests you toddle on over.