Various Artists

Bob Dylan Uncovered

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The danger in covering a Bob Dylan song is that he is such an idiosyncratic, eccentric, and insular songwriter that in the end no matter what an artist does to the song and what direction it goes in, it remains first, foremost, and obviously a Bob Dylan song and is thus, at some level, the real star of the show. The 13 tracks on this collection of Dylan song covers are further proof of that, because no matter how far out there these artists take these songs, it's all Dylan. Most of what is here is really only mildly interesting, although Cadillac Moon's funky and sassy take on "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" and Denise Donahue's whispering, atmospheric version of "Masters of War" are at least radical enough departures from Dylan's own versions to make one sit up and take at least momentary notice.

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