Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Dylanesque is Roxy Music vocalist Bryan Ferry's first solo album since 2002's Frantic and it showcases what Ferry does best - covering great songs in his own inimitable fashion. Ferry has always had an infinity with and a penchant for covering Bob Dylan songs which stretches back to his legendary version of 'A Hard Rain's A -Gonna Fall', a top 10 hit in 1973. The new album was recorded by Bryan's touring band back in the summer of 2006 and was produced by Bryan along with long time collaborators Rhett Davies and Colin Good. 11 tracks including 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door', 'If Not For You', 'Positively 4th Street' and many others. EMI. 2007.
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cut fast and loose with Ferry's touring band, DYLANESQUE dresses up Dylan classics for a night on the town with AVALON-style atmosphere."
Spin (p.96) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Ferry embraces these Dylan classics...with undiluted sincerity, gently remodeling the barbed lyrics into graceful modern art."
Entertainment Weekly (p.136) - "'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues' and 'Simple Twist of Fate' quiver with controlled agony." -- Grade: B
Q (p.121) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ferry still has sufficient panache to turn 'Positively 4th Street' into a spectral piano ballad and give 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues' a romping, pub-rock makeover..."
Tributee: Bob Dylan.
Personnel: Bryan Ferry (Farfisa); Mick Green, Leo Abrahams (guitar); Chris Spedding, David Williams, Oliver Thompson (guitars); Robin Trower (acoustic guitar); Lucy Wilkins, Gavyn Wright, Jackie Shave (violin); Jon Thorne (viola); Anthony Pleeth (cello); Colin Good (piano); Paul Carrack (organ); Guy Pratt, Zev Katz (bass guitar); Andy Newmark, Bobby Irwin (drums); Frank Ricotti (percussion); Isaac Ferry, Brian Eno (electronics); Me'sha Bryan, Tara McDonald, Joy Malcolm, Sarah Brown, Sharon White, Anna McDonald, Michelle John (background vocals).
Bryan Ferry adopted one of rock criticism's favorite terms for 2007's DYLANESQUE, a markedly Ferryesque take on 11 tunes by rock's poet laureate. An odd pairing on the surface, given their differing roots, but the two have much in common: Dylan is no stranger to the merits of arty posturing nor is Ferry to rock-&-roll grit.
Supposedly recording the album in one inspired week, the suave singer takes on some of the bard's best here in a manner that would probably appeal to Dylan's mercurial nature. "Positively 4th Street" gets a string section makeover; "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" becomes a slow boiler with bedroom eyes; "Gates of Eden" is a crooner's delight; and the largely faithful "Make You Feel My Love," from TIME OUT OF MIND, gets its due as one of Dylan's great recent songs. This is a gripping listen for fans of both artists.
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