Dylanesque

Studio Album by released in 2007
Dylanesque's tracklist:
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Simple Twist of Fate
Make You Feel My Love
The Times They Are A-Changin'
All I Really Wanna Do
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Positively 4th Street
If Not for You
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
Gates of Eden
All Along the Watchtower

Dylanesque review

New welcome record Dylanesque

The composer, the pianist and the vocalist Bryan Ferry won the international recognition, being the head of the legendary rock-group Roxy Music. He also released many fantastic albums and became one of the most famous singers during last thirty years. Born September 26, 1945 in Washington, Ferry, the son of a coal miner, began his musical career as a singer with the rock outfit The Banshees. He later joined the Gas Board, a soul group featuring bassist Graham Simpson; in 1970, they formed Roxy Music. Within a few years, Roxy Music had become phenomenally successful, affording Ferry the opportunity to cut his first solo LP in 1973. Far removed from the group's arty glam rock, These Foolish Things established the path which all of Ferry's solo work - as well as the final Roxy Music records - would take, focusing on elegant synth pop interpretations of '60s hits of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, all rendered in the singer's distinct, coolly dramatic manner. He successfully continued his solo career after the disintegration of Roxy Music in 1983, having released enormous number of quality albums. Ferry's last work was the fascinating collection Frantic 2002. Now, five years later, appeared new welcome record Dylanesque with eleven exiting Bob Dylan's hits. Forestalling the release of the album, Bryan Ferry said that it was the main problem for him to find the balance between the romanticism and emotions the Dylan's songs from the one hand and the aggressive impetuosity of his musicians from the other.

Bryan Ferry brought back to life the famous hits from Bob Dylan

As a connoisseur of music by other artists, with a specific love of the blues, Ferry managed to bring back to life the famous hits from the skillful creator Bob Dylan. Recording the album Dylanesque, Ferry tried not to change two main lines, which Dylan put in his songs: musical and textual. Even though some of the songs are a bit generic, the majority of the album is inventive and rewarding. The record opens with a good version of Tom Thumbs Blues. The lean accompaniment adds a muscular dimension to the song. Next is Ferry's distinct interpretation of Simple Twist Of Fate. What is originally a sweet and subtle song is transformed into a pulsating rocker. Make You Feel My Love slows the album down, leaving Ferry accompanied only by piano. Ferry deliberately states the lyrics in a way that is both harsh and beautiful. All I Want to Do is converted into a joyous fiery journey. Baby Let Me Follow You Down bristles with energy. Positively 4Th Street is transformed into a slow and melodic tune. One of the highlights of Dylanesque is Ferry's distinct voice. Sweetly seductive and a little raspy, it is able to forcefully interpret Dylan's songs. Unfortunately, not all of the songs are completely successful. Ferry's Knocking on Heaven Door is a somewhat generic cover that says nothing new or distinct about the often-covered song. The Times They Are A-Changin' is sped up and loses some of its subtleness and irony in the process.

Bryan Ferry continues to create the history of contemporary rock music

The Bryan Ferry's life was always full of bright moments and emotions, was it his solo career or progress together with Roxy Music. He declared many times that "if there was no Roxy Music, people wouldn't know such Bryan Ferry, who is known and liked by them today". Exactly because of Ferry's persistence, the legendary group was gathered together again and again, for recording a new album or for going on a world tour. He tries to take everything from this life, wants to create something eternal, to make the hits, which will be claimed and lovely in two or more decades. Nevertheless, not everything is so beautiful, as it seems to be. Having released the album Dylanesque, Ferry doomed himself to a constantly comparison with the original versions of Bob Dylan. No doubt, by the highest standards this record turned out very successful work, but Ferry changed a lot – added more vividness to the music. Though, Bryan "doesn't pretends to the Dylan's place", some of the musical critics are considering this record exactly with this point of view. Collectively, these interpretations comprise their own emotional world - a fresh and vivid place, cut at times by deep shadows and open to every listener of the perfect quality rock.

(24.03.2007)
Rate review4.96
Total votes - 31


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