May 22, 2024


Art Is Experience

Bob Dylan announces new album, ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’

Bob Dylan is back. Again.

For the 3rd time through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nobel Prize-profitable singer-songwriter has produced a new one with very little warning — and this time it arrives accompanied by news of an future total-size album.

Titled “False Prophet,” the tune — a fuzzy barroom stomp that appeared Thursday evening on streaming expert services — heralds the June 19 launch of “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” Dylan’s to start with album of first material considering that 2012’s “Tempest.”

“I ain’t no fake prophet / I just claimed what I claimed / I’m just in this article to carry vengeance on somebody’s head,” Dylan, seventy eight, croaks in his imitable trend in the one, which he teased earlier Thursday with a usually cryptic tweet exhibiting a skeleton sporting a top rated hat and a caption that reads, “What are you lookin’ at — there’s nothing to see.”

“False Prophet” follows “I Consist of Multitudes,” a Walt Whitman-influenced ballad that came out April 17, and late March’s “Murder Most Foul,” a approximately 17-minute meditation on the assassination of President Kennedy. On Dylan’s internet site, “Rough and Rowdy Ways” — the singer’s 39th studio album — is mentioned for preorder as a two-LP and two-CD set — a concession to the size of quite a few of the album’s ten tracks, as mentioned on Apple Songs.

“Tempest” also showcased an epic in the record’s title observe, which recounted the sinking of the Titanic.

In the several years considering that “Tempest,” Dylan has produced a few albums of material from the Terrific American Songbook and quite a few archival collections, together with a box set previous year commemorating 1975’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour.