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’ View in High-Res

    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