Monday, May 2, 2011

Dylan Cover #13 Magnet & Gemma Hayes "Lay Lady Lay"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Magnet and Gemma Hayes and is of "Lay Lady Lay"
Thoughts on Dylan Original:
Excellent track and the first time the world heard Dylan's new singing style, which would only last for Nashville Skyline.  This song is the standout track from this album, it is a classic and so simple, yet sweet and timeless.  One of Dylans best tracks, the closest to country he ever got and an fantastic piece of music.     

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Actually had never heard of Magnet which is the name of Even Johansen, or his co-singer here Gemma Hayes.  Again a pleasant surprise to find out about new artists    
Thoughts on Cover:
Really great bang up job with this one. The duet style is genius as Gemma switches some of the words around to keep things correct and the lush instrumentation backing is complete.  The strings and horns ache and the arraignments are full. The singing is also top notch with the voices complementing each other wonderfully.  If anything it may be a bit too theatrical, but over all not much to complain about with this one.
Grade: B+
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