Monday, September 30, 2013

Dylan Cover #106 John Mayer "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from the John Mayer and is a live cover of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"

Thought's on Original:
From the first time we reviewed a cover of this tune:
Yet another one of the mega-Dylan tunes that we haven't covered someone else covering on this site (got that covered?).  Hard to believe because this song is so iconic and flat out awesome.  Biting and yet not bitter, a toss off of the grandest proportions, "Don' Think Twice" is epic and yet so straight forwardly simple.  It easily ranks as one of the bard's best works, truly a classic.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Ahh, John Mayer. An artist who in this day in age brings back an instant response. You can focus on the Grammy awards, the TMZ lifestyle or the blues admiration, but we are the sum of our parts and Mayer has been in the spotlight for a while now because of a combination of all of those things. Our only time seeing him we were really impressed with his playing...until he tried to cover Jimi Hendrix and then we thought this was a kid with a lot of talent who needed to age a bit in all aspects.  
Thoughts on Cover:
Straight ahead, live, acoustic with no frills or any distractions this is a solid cover if not inventive. Mayer skips the harmonica which is iconic in this tune, but he whistles to make up for it a bit. The strumming on acoustic is really top notch pushing this one up a bit also is the mere fact he is covering it at one of his shows, exposing yet another generation to Dylan. 
Grade: B-

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