BRYAN FERRY – Dylanesque

They may seem poles apart – Bob Dylan, a folk-rock legend from the ‘60s and Bryan Ferry, former glammy Roxy Music frontman of the ‘70s gone solo playboy pop-crooner.
Similarly their different vocal styles and sound are their individual trademarks and instantly recognizable. So, how would a collection of Dylan songs done by Ferry turn out? Very affective I’d say. Songs like Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door has seen many covers, including one from Guns ‘n Roses, and Jimi Hendrix’ version of All Along The Watchtower is even better known than Dylan’s original. Ferry does both. Other classics revisited here include The Times They Are A Changing, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Make You Feel My Love, Positively 4th Street, If Not For You, and Gates Of Eden. We know these songs in the nasal gravel tone of Dylan, and here the essence get extracted in the smoother, quavering tone of Ferry, further illustrating the timeless effect of the music. And that’s what it’s about, the music. That’s why even if Ferry should have left the art direction of the sleeve to someone more proficient than himself, a bad CD cover cannot take anything away from the music trapped within.

4 / B
- PB

1 2 3 4 5 6
- B - C

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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