Ken Tucker
June 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dylanesque

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Bryan Ferry
genre
Folk

We gave it a B

Elaborate arrangements and Bryan Ferry’s tremulous articulation might seem at odds for an album of Bob Dylan covers (Dylanesque)…and they are, except when these radical reinterpretations work. ”Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and ”Simple Twist of Fate” quiver with controlled agony. But the rapturously poisonous ”Positively 4th Street” sounds like Ferry is dressing down his butler for handing him the wrong ascot. Nothing here is as potent as his 1973 cover of ”A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” but he really hears familiar songs in new ways.
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