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Dylanesque
     

Dylanesque

by Bryan Ferry
 

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The greatest -- indeed, only -- irony of Bryan Ferry's 2007 album-long tribute to the Bard is that Dylanesque never sounds "Dylanesque." There are no solo acoustic guitars, no swirling organs, no thin, wild mercury music, nothing that suggests any of the sounds typically associated with Bob Dylan. No, Dylanesque sounds

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The greatest -- indeed, only -- irony of Bryan Ferry's 2007 album-long tribute to the Bard is that Dylanesque never sounds "Dylanesque." There are no solo acoustic guitars, no swirling organs, no thin, wild mercury music, nothing that suggests any of the sounds typically associated with Bob Dylan. No, Dylanesque sounds Ferry-esque: careful, precise, elegant, so casually sophisticated it sometimes borders on the drowsy. There are no new wrinkles, then, apart from a small but crucial one -- unlike his other records, this was recorded quickly, over the course of a week with his touring band in tow. This does give Dylanesque a comparatively loose, off-the-cuff feel, which is a bit of a welcome relief after several decades of cautious, deliberate conceptual albums, and gives the album its understated charm. Since Ferry never radically reinvents the songs -- apart from the sleek, sly propulsion of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" and a spare, haunting piano-and-strings version of "Positively Fourth Street" -- this is an album where all the pleasures lay in the subtleties, whether it's how Ferry phrases his delivery, how his road band feels supple yet muscular, how Eno electronically enhances a few tracks or how Robin Trower tears into "All Along the Watchtower." These are the details to savor upon repeated listens, but upon that first spin it's immediately apparent that the Ferry who made Dylanesque is an assured, relaxed vocalist who isn't sweating the specifics, he's simply singing songs with a band that offers sympathetic support. They may not push him, the way that Roxy did in its prime, nor does this have the meticulous ambition of his original work, but again, that's the charm of this album: Ferry has never felt quite so comfortable as he does here, and if that may not be exactly what all listeners are looking for when they listen to his work, this is the quality that will make Dylanesque a small understated gem for certain segments of his die-hard fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0094638975021
catalogNumber:
389750

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Performance Credits

Bryan Ferry   Primary Artist,Harmonica,farfisa organ
Paul Carrack   Organ
Robin Trower   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Spedding   Guitar
Sarah Brown   Background Vocals
Brian Eno   electronics
Mick Green   Guitar
Bobby Irwin   Drums
Zev Katz   Bass,Bass Guitar
Adrianne McDonald   Background Vocals
Andy Newmark   Drums
Anthony Pleeth   Cello,String Quartet
Guy Pratt   Bass,Bass Guitar
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin,String Quartet
Jackie Shave   Violin,String Quartet
Colin Good   Piano
Joy Malcolm   Background Vocals
David E. Williams   Guitar
Leo Abrahams   Guitar
Tara McDonald   Background Vocals
Oliver Thompson   Guitar
Me'sha Bryan   Background Vocals
Isaac Ferry   electronics
Michelle John   Background Vocals
Anna McDonald   Background Vocals
Jon Thorne   Viola,String Quartet

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Bryan Ferry   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Rhett Davies   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Morley   Liner Notes
Anton Corbijn   Cover Photo
Colin Good   String Arrangements,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Michael Boddy   Engineer
Tim Roe   Engineer
Steven "The Kid" Howard   Management

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