Orion’s Music reviews Dylan covers | ParkRecord.com

Orion’s Music reviews Dylan covers

ALEX HENRY, Contributing Record writer

If you haven’t heard of the upcoming film "I’m Not There," here is an overview: it’s a biopic, but not in the typical fashion of following a person’s life in a strict timeframe. Instead, it examines all of the different public personas Bob Dylan has portrayed over the years. "I’m Not There" starts with Dylan’s early busking days when he claimed to have grown up in a circus and played on street corners. The film then follows him through his activist-folkie stage and his radical shift to a electric guitar swinging rocker. For each different persona there is a separate actor portraying him, from Christian Bale, Richard Gere and Cate Blanchett.

The accompanying soundtrack is just as diverse. The artists in "I’m Not There," are from all over the place, some of the best are Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Sonic Youth, Sufjan Stevens, Antony & the Johnsons, Eddie Vedder and Richie Havens. Among the best cuts are the songs of Dylan’s that aren’t his best known like "Billy 1," covered by Los Lobos. But the lengthy list of musicians serves as a setback. There is simply way too much in this two-disk soundtrack. The first disc, with plenty of great covers on it, would have been enough. The second has about half as many good songs, owing to the fact that Dylan’s classics simply cannot be performed better than he has performed them already.

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