Covering a blow can’t be easy; picking up a hit from a music giant should be really intimidating.
It’s hard to imagine anyone picking up The Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun with any real confidence. A lot of people have tried to cover songs by Chuck Berry, but no one can really understand the essence of what he did.
No one really tries Jimi Hendrix or The Who. A lot of people try Bob Dylan but of all the singers since Berry’s time he’s one of the toughest.
Dylan writes dense, deeply personal songs that are really hard to present like yours. First, there is his verbal gift. Then there is his voice which could be a handicap for a lesser artist. Dylan has just overcome this weakness.
He built his own mythology and, when he started to really shy away from public idolatry (you should read Chronicles, where he rejects the ’60s with searing precision) he really did his best to hide behind that character. . People weren’t going to see the real Dylan.
Except through his songs.
Blood On The Tracks, released in 1975, tells of his breakup with his wife, or maybe not. With Dylan, it’s hard to say. But it seems likely.
The best song on this album, and one of its best overall, is Tangled Up In Blue. It’s a rambling song about love lost, found and lost again.
Here, KT Tunstall has it covered as well as anyone could hope for. Her version is raw and while it’s clearly respectful of the original, she makes it her own in a really interesting way.