Storm Trouper

Bob Dylan picks his way through a political Tempest

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It was a delicious coincidence that songs from Bob Dylan's new record began flying around the Internet in the days between the two national political conventions. You couldn't ask for a better remedy for such empty-chair posturing than a stiff dose of Tempest, Dylan's 35th studio album, set for release Sept. 11--50 years after his first.

At 71, Dylan still has the tastiest venom around. One of his new songs could almost be repackaged as an anthem for the 99-percenters: "We looted and we plundered on distant shores/ Why is my share not equal to yours?" But Dylan doesn't write anthems...

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