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September 7: Tempest by Bob Dylan was released in 2012


Shine your light
Movin’ on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

Three years have gone since we was offered Tempest from Bob Dylan, it still sounds great.

Tempest is the thirty-fifth studio album by Dylan, released on September 7 to 11 (different countries and continents), 2012 . The album was recorded at Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters Studios in Santa Monica, California. Dylan wrote all of the songs himself with the exception of the track “Duquesne Whistle”, which he co-wrote with Robert Hunter.

Tempest was very well received by contemporary music critics, who praised its traditional music influences and Dylan’s dark lyrics. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200.

The album’s title initially spurred rumors that it would be Dylan’s final album, based on its similarity to the title of Shakespeare’s final play.
Dylan later responded:

“Shakespeare’s last play was called The Tempest. It wasn’t called just plain “Tempest”. The name of my record is just plain Tempest. It’s two different titles.”

Some facts from Wikipedia:

Released From September 7 to September 11, 2012
Recorded January–March 2012 at Groove Masters Studios in Santa Monica, California
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 1:08:31
Label Columbia
Producer Bob Dylan

Here are three tracks from Tempest (with my analysis, sort of…):

Tin Angel 
“For me, after listening to it for two days, the most obvious masterpiece on Bob Dylan’s new album is the murder ballad, Tin Angel. It’s a story-song, the kind Dylan has done so magnificently many times before. Cross the Green Mountain, Tweeter and the Monkey Man and  Brownsville Girl springs to mind. They are extremely cinematic songs and they tell a story over many verses.  Another song that pops up in my head is the wonderful story of Spanish Jack by Willy DeVille, not very like in sound but in tone.”  Read More…

Pay in Blood
“Bob Dylan says the stigma of slavery ruined America and he doubts the country can get rid of the shame because it was “founded on the backs of slaves.”

Bob Dylan told in a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine that in America “people are at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color, it will hold any nation back.” He went on to say that black people know that some white people  “didn’t want to give up slavery.””  Read more…

Scarlet Town
“The song feels like a mash of several songs, and that’s actually what it is. He draws inspiration from the old ballad Barbara Allen, but he just uses it as a framework to tell an even more sinister tale. The new parts of the song also feels like a split between two different songs, one set in biblical times and the other addressing the state of USA/The Western world today.”  Read more…

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American “Best albums of 2013″ lists (Rolling Stone Mag, Paste & American Songwriter)

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Here are 3 American end-year lists.. in the next post I’ll pull it all together and create a “Critics list of 2013″.

Rolling Stone Magazine

rsm 50 best albums


Check out:

1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
2. Kanye West – Yeezus
3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
4. Paul McCartney – New
5. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
6. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
7. Lorde – Pure Heroine
8. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
9. Arctic Monkeys – AM
10. John Fogerty – Wrote a Song for Everyone
11. Parquet Courts – Tally All the Things That You Broke
12. Jake Bugg – S/T
13. Disclosure – Settle
14. Drake – Nothing Was The Same
15. Atoms for Peace – AMOK
16. David Bowie – The Next Day
17. Danny Brown – Old
18. Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose
19. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
20. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
21. Sky Ferreira – Night Time My Time
22. Phoenix – Entertainment
23. My Bloody Valentine – MBV
24. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
25. Elton John – The Diving Board
26. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
27. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
28. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
29. Bombino – Nomad
30. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob
31. Haim – Days Are Gone
32. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe
33. Pusha T – My Name is My Name
34. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
35. Best Coast – Fade Away EP
36. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
37. The So-So Glos – Blowout
38. Kurt Vile – Walkin on a Pretty Daze
39. Keith Urban – Fuse
40. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
41. J Cole – Born Sinner
42. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
43. Savages – Silence Yourself
44. Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone
45. Avicii – True
46. Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
47. MIA – Matangi
48. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
49. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
50. Beck – Song Reader

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