Tempest: Bob Dylan’s 35th (and maybe last) Studio LP

Bob Dylan’s latest album, Tempest, may be the best thing he’s put out in the past decade. At least that’s what many critics are saying about the artist’s 35th studio recording.

From the few songs we’ve heard off of the new LP, recorded in Jackson Browne’s Santa Monica studio, it seems to have a dark, bluesy feel with the subject of death being the recurring, dominant subject.

Many people are also speculating that this may be his last studio LP. This mostly comes from the title, which also happens to be the title of William Shakespeare’s last play.

But don’t tell Bobby that he’s done. In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, Mr. Dylan had this to say about the rumors: “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.”

When asked about the title track, which recounts (not completely accurately) the wreck and subsequent sinking of the Titanic, the 71-year-old singer-songwriter replied in typical Dylan fashion, saying “People are going to say, ‘Well, it’s not very truthful.’ But a songwriter doesn’t care about what’s truthful. What he cares about is what should’ve happened.”

Release Date: September 11th, 2012

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