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There is an anomaly in terms of music. The cover version, that art of taking someone else’s muse and sculpting it into your own image. Sometimes in works spectacularly well, transcending the original, point in hand Joe Cocker “With A Little Help From My Friends”), other times it fails miserably, such as Maroon 5 murdering “Three Little Birds”. This is certainly not the latter, this is an exceptional piece of work by a shining star based out of Nashville.
The Australian born Emma Swift has soaked up the historical influences of her surroundings and used them to create a dazzling album. Blonde On The Tracks, as the name implies, is an album of covers songs by the maestro Bob Dylan. A task in itself which is fearless, covering songs by Bob can lead to criticism by those hardcore fans, nevertheless, I’m sure they are more than happy with the care, if not love that his music is handled with.
The album was heralded by a more recent track from the Dylan repertoire, in “I Contain Multitudes”. And this is the anomaly I first suggested. To the uneducated, or even lesser fan, they may be mistaken for thinking this is an original by Emma Swift. As she takes the song, and rebuilds it, injecting her own soul, and every ounce of emotion to make it reflect her own inner self.
The album concludes with “You’re A Big Girl Now” from Blood On The Tracks. It still holds that same one-sided conversation that enraptured the original. Again the uplifting organ swirls around the track, and a spectacular solo midpoint adds to an extra atmospheric touch. Blonde On The Tracks is lovingly captured by Wilco’s Patrick Sansone on production duties, and more so features Soft Boys legend/gentleman Robyn Hitchcock on guitar. Both add to the elements that Emma Swift invests to create something unique from the canon of someone legendary.
1.Queen Jane Approximately
2.I Contain Multitudes
3.One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
4.Simple Twist of Fate
5.Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
6.The Man In Me
7.Going Going Gone
8.You’re A Big Girl Now
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