Monday, December 12, 2011

Dylan Cover #34 The White Stripes - "Love Sick"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by The White Stripes,"Love Sick"
 
This is RtBE's 3rd part of a "Best Of" for Dylan Covers, so strap on in.

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
The opener on Dylan's 1997 classic Time Out Of Mind, signaled to the world, that the old bard had tons of great songs left in him.  Considered by some (not RTBE) his comeback album  Time Out Of Mind showcased stark songs with biting lyrics and most importantly lush sounding production; Dylan ditched modern sound for one he liked better.  The result was a true winner, no better seen then on this disk opener.  Dylan identified with every human via the lyric, "I'm sick of love/and I'm in the thick of it"  Who hasn't been there?  A great song that kicks off a great album, it would be nice if he played it live though...     

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We have already covered one White Stripes Dylan tune and while RtBE have professed our love for Jackie White in the past multiple times, it did not come quickly.  In fact The White Stripes are the least impressive of White's ventures to these ears.  Sure they have their moments, but the self imposed box they placed themselves in always seemed restrictive and short sited.  There is no doubt that there best albums came when they started to open up their sonic palette, Elephant, Get Behind Me Satan and Icky Thump all had more then just Meg and Jack and that made them vastly more intriguing then their early catalog.  

If I want to listen to stripped down garage rock, I won't look to The White Stripes, I have Greg Cartwright for that...

Thoughts on Cover:
Oh boy, this one sends shivers...even with taking out the "meadow" verse and a chorus the song does not lack in the slightest.  Jack and Bob are kindred spirits, anyone who listens to either can hear this if you open your ears, and Jack plays up that particular ghost here.  Even the rudimentary drumming from Meg can not take away from the power, in fact the simplicity and starkness accentuates the track.  The howling organ is perfect and Jack's transitions between axe and keys is seamless.  A show stopper....

Grade: A+    

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1 comment:

  1. "There is no doubt that there best albums came when they started to open up their sonic palette, Elephant, Get Behind Me Satan and Icky Thump all had more then just Meg and Jack and that made them vastly more intriguing then their early catalog."

    I couldn't disagree more. White Stripes peaked with White Blood Cells then the songwriting got a little too cheesy in the final 3 albums.

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