Listen: Bob Dylan’s new ‘Tempest’

Bob Dylan, man of mystery.

Next week, Bob Dylan releases his 35th studio album, Tempest, with a title track clocking in at about 14 minutes and a tribute to John Lennon.

Like the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones, Dylan is celebrating his 50th year as a recording artist this year however he’s apparently not doing anything special aside from releasing this new album. Sure, he’s on a tour (with Mark Knopfler) but Dylan has been touring continuously – he has played about 2,000 concerts the past 20 years.

And hopes are high for Tempest, which is expected to be a hit along the lines of 2001’s Love And Theft, and 2006’s Modern Times. The latter became Dylan’s first No. 1 album since Desire in 1976 and at the time it made Dylan the oldest living person to have an album enter the Billboard charts at No. 1.

2009’s Together Through Life not only repeated the feat but also entered the U.K. pop charts at No. 1 as well. That album, with songs co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter,  was an international bestseller.

Now the boy’s 71 years old, and by and large the usual music critics are swooning over Tempest. Before you buy it, you have a chance to see (hear) if the critics are right about this one. You can stream the entire album on iTunes for free.

YouTube: “Duquesne Whistle” (written by Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter)

Bob Dylan official web site

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