1. Bob Dylan made the rare mistake of talking about his creative process shortly before the release of Tempest. He told Rolling Stone that he’d originally wanted to write a collection of what he called “religious songs,” saying, “That takes a lot more concentration to pull that off — 10 times with the same thread than it does with a record like I ended up with.” Which means that either his powers of concentration failed him, or he became distracted by other themes, topics and moods. I think it’s a little bit of both. There are certainly songs here that sound less like concentrated efforts than outpourings of rambling thoughts; there are also songs here that are as precisely crafted as any he’s written.
— Ken Tucker reviews Bob Dylan’s Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful ‘Tempest’

    Bob Dylan made the rare mistake of talking about his creative process shortly before the release of Tempest. He told Rolling Stone that he’d originally wanted to write a collection of what he called “religious songs,” saying, “That takes a lot more concentration to pull that off — 10 times with the same thread than it does with a record like I ended up with.” Which means that either his powers of concentration failed him, or he became distracted by other themes, topics and moods. I think it’s a little bit of both. There are certainly songs here that sound less like concentrated efforts than outpourings of rambling thoughts; there are also songs here that are as precisely crafted as any he’s written.

    — Ken Tucker reviews Bob Dylan’s Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful ‘Tempest’

  2. Bob Dylan

    Tempest

    Ken Tucker