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Bob Dylan “Duquesne Whistle”

August 29, 2012

Bob has released a preview of his new album (Tempest) coming out 9/11/12: a single “Duquesne Whistle.”   Check it out on NPR.  The song opens with faint old-time music and then unleashes into a full band swing arrangement.  Dylan’s vocals are a wonderful croak.   Not harsh, but Louie Armstrong like.  Lyrically it is a mystery, but some kind of heartbreak is in the air.  The song is both light-hearted and heavy-hearted .  If you really want to be baffled check out the video which mixes comic charm and gangster violence.

If you are familiar with Dylan’s late period revival – this is not at all out-of-place.  But it does stand out from the crowd.  It is a genuinely catch song that demands repeated listening.  I am looking forward to the full release.

Thank you Laura Lee for sending me the link a day before!


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One Comment
  1. Like we agreed on , like this stuff Bobs doing. Really like it.

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