Bob Dylan’s Tempest has been named the Best Album of 50 by American Songwriter, over Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and The Mumfords.
“Not only does Bob Dylan show no signs of stopping, he is actually picking up steam past his 70th birthday. His latest is an album that can go toe-to-toe with Love And Theft to be considered the best of his late-period albums. It’s also the best album released by anyone this year. Dylan can still spin his state-of-the-world blues yarns with the best of them, as he proves on “Narrow Way” and “Duquesne Whistle.” What makes Tempest so refreshing are the stylistic detours, like the soulful ballad “Long And Wasted Years” and the gleefully vindictive “Pay In Blood,” which has, of all things, a late 70’s-era Rolling Stones’ groove. This is also his most ambitious album in quite a while.
Meanwhile over at NME, Tempest was named 159th Best Album ! –