Bob Dylan - Tempest
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Ratings: #64 / 940
Year End Rank: #27
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2012 Ratings: #181
Your Review


Tiny Mix Tapes

Tempest’s epic scale and grandeur makes his few previous albums look like short stories leading up to a great novel.

Drowned in Sound

Tempest is an album carved with tools of experience and maturity, but fired with an anger, smoulder and sorrow tempering itself just beneath the surface. 

Beats Per Minute

Even by such lofty standards, Tempest succeeds enormously, placing it not only in the upper half of Dylan’s catalog, but also with the better submissions of 2012.

No Ripcord

After releasing the relatively unremarkable Together Through Life, it feels like something of a revelation to hear Dylan this fired up and playing to his strengths again.


If it indulges in itself too much in moments, Tempest is still a great album, though not the late-career defining collection that early buzz claims.


Tempest is a flawed but mostly fascinating album. It bears the restlessness of an artist seemingly as interested in making music as he's been for a while.


Dylan relies on his own gruffness as a substitute for real intent; he knows he doesn't have to work very hard to sound present, and so he doesn't, and so he isn't.

The 405

It's not an amazing, revolutionary new Bob Dylan record, but really: when did we last get one of those? 

Consequence of Sound

Simply put, Tempest is the perfect storm of everything we love, can’t stand, and just shrug our shoulders about when it comes to late-era Bob Dylan.

Sep 1, 2015
Best Songs: Duquesne Whistle; Roll On John
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Track List
  1. Duquesne Whistle 
  2. Soon After Midnight 
  3. Narrow Way 
  4. Long and Wasted Years 
  5. Pay in Blood 
  6. Scarlet Town 
  7. Early Roman Kings 
  8. Tin Angel 
  9. Tempest 
  10. Roll on John
Contributions By
royalflush, patton, philthy, erik

Added on: July 22, 2012