Soundtrack Dylan Covers Score

Remade songs from 'I'm Not There' packed with great impersonations
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2007 3:23 PM CDT
Soundtrack Dylan Covers Score
   (Sony BMG Music)

In keeping with the movie it supports, the soundtrack for Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There is packed with imitators. Twenty-nine singers cover Dylan tracks on the 34-song tribute, which traces every phase of Dylan’s career—from folk highs to gospel lows—proving each to be “as potentially rewarding as any other,” Pitchfork's Stephen M. Deusner crows in awarding the soundtrack 8.0 out of 10.

Since covering Dylan involves "as much impersonation as interpretation," Deusner says,
the best songs on 'I'm Not There' are the ones where the artists seem to be having a great time being Bob." High points include  Willie Nelson, Richie Havens and Stephen Malkmus. Some classics like “All Along the Watchtower” fare less well, Deusner says, as their interpreters fail to re-invent them enough. (More I'm Not There stories.)

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