Monday, October 6, 2008

Dylan Covers: Highway '61 Revisited

PJ Harvey: Highway '61 Revisited


Highway 61 was famous for being the highway of the blues, as it led to New Orleans. Many blues songs mention it, and Dylan's song certainly is a homage to those roots.

I can't say it's her best work, or even that she should be covering the song at all, despite being a big fan of her work, the angry prototypical early PJ Harvey style seems to be an odd fit. The toe-tapping bluesy quality Dylan gives the song seems to fit, and her more angry, though unique, version is an odd take on the classic. But it's worth a listen all the same as it gives it a whole new flavor.

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