How can a 71-year-old singer (with a voice that is shot) manage to excite anybody?
Bob Dylan is sure to get people worked up when “Tempest,” his 35th studio album, is released on Tuesday.
I don’t know Bob Dylan. I have never met him. I’ve never spoken with him, either. But I can imagine how satisfying this period must be for him.
It’s immensely gratifying for a creative person to prove the skeptics wrong all the way. Despite appearances to the contrary, Bob Dylan is, indeed, human. He must be smirking right now, as he reads the largely glowing advance reviews for “Tempest.”
At the same time, it’s likely that Dylan never had a doubt that he could turn the clock back, one more time, and create a magical album. He did it on more than occasion. After getting widely attacked for “Self Portrait” in 1970, he came back, only four months later, in October, 1970, and gave us a present entitled “New Morning.” That album meant so much to Dylan that he described it n detail in his 2004 memoir, the excellent “Chronicles.” He did it 1989 when he made “Oh Mercy,” following years in the musical wilderness.
What’s the moral of the story, the moral of the song(s)? Simply that one should never bet against Bob Dylan.
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