She was from the punk movement, Dylan from the folk movement. Chrissie Hynde now bowed to the king of songwriters with a cover album. The result: nine beautiful songs that bypass Dylan’s volume.
Berlin (dpa) – Artists not as idiosyncratic as Chrissie Hynde would have placed the release of an album with Bob Dylan covers differently – before and not after the American poet’s 80th birthday on May 24.
Then more spotlight would have fallen on the nine songs, which were a genuine concern to the heart of the Pretenders’ front woman. Now, “Standing In The Doorway – Chrissie Hynde sings Bob Dylan” is appearing on the market without a pattern.
On the other hand, there is always a good reason to sing and cherish Dylan songs. Hynde does this with his fellow Pretenders James Walbourne (piano, keyboards, mandolin, guitars, backing vocals) and master producer Chad Blake (percussion / keyboards).
Add some guitar from the boss herself and her wonderfully warm voice – that’s all it takes to make Dylan classics (“You’re A Big Girl Now”, “Blind Willie McTell”) and lesser-known tracks (“Sweetheart Like You”, “Demain, c’est long”) at best. Looks like Hynde, Walbourne and Blake met in a cozy cellar to toast Dylan at most house trio ballads.
The now nearly 70-year-old American punk pop veteran has been very active recently – with a rock-solid Pretender reunion (2020’s “Hate For Sale”) and a lovely, slightly jazzy solo album (“Valve Bone Woe “of 2019). She had the idea of devoting herself to the Duluth / Minnesota folk rock icon during Dylan’s recent comeback.
“A few weeks after the first lockdown last year, James sent me Dylan’s new song ‘Murder Most Foul,’ Hynde said of his initial spark.“ When I heard it, everything changed for me. I was immediately ripped from the moody mood I was in. (…) So I called James and said, “Let’s do Dylan covers” – and that’s where it all started. ”Certainly a good idea – although Dylan’s bulkiness is completely lacking in these superb sung and played covers.