Monday, June 10, 2013

Dylan Cover #90 Sweetmelody2011 "Tempest"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is by Sweetmelody2011 doing a live cover of "Tempest"

Thoughts on Original:
We wrote this when reviewed the album by the same name back in Nov 2012:

"Tempest" deals with the Titanic and manages to bore almost from the get go becoming a weight around the neck of the album.  It never develops any real energy in the lyrics or the playing, which itself becomes a major issue with the album.

We still feel that way, I think this track is a stinker but I came across this version on youtube and gave it a spin, probably because I am impressed anyone took the time to learn all the words...

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Got no info on Sweetmelody2011 except his video page on youtube.  
Thoughts on Cover:
Well as we were never fans of this original, I have to say the cover is fine.  This is not an easy song to cover, especially since he is doing it live and in one take. A very very tough task for Sweetmelody2011.  That fact alone bumps up the cover grade. but his voice and playing are great accompaniments to the song. I am not sure but if he is singing all of these verses in his second language (it says he is from Germany) then I would def raise the grade even higher, but I can't be sure about that, either way who cares what I think, give it a listen. 
Grade: B

1 comment:

  1. I am sweetmelody2011. I only just discovered this feature of my rendition of Dylan's Tempest. My name is Tommy, English is indeed my second language, I learned it in school and, well, from listening to Dylan records. What made this recording especially hard was that I transcribed the lyrics myself. See, I posted the song even before the offical CD had been released. Dylan's website had a stream of the title track available a few days before the release, so I transcribe the whole song bit by bit, then tried to learn the tune and film it the next day. Glad you liked it. I must record something new.