Monday, November 5, 2018

Dylan Cover #349 Rod Stewart "Sweetheart Like You"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Rod Stewart playing "Sweetheart Like You" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
All of the songs on Infidels  stuck around to long in the Bards brain (which we talked about before). While "Jokerman" overwhelms as a rambling waterfall of a song the first time you hear it, "Sweetheart Like You" is clear evidence of that fact that things were left to simmer on the stove longer then needed. It is a mix of condescension, sexy, sexist, insecure and scattered. In fact those things make for an amazing Dylan tune, but in this case I don't feel it really adds up to a classic or much of a very good song at all.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Well RtBE is split on The Rod, but if you want the positive side of things, please read this.

Thoughts on Cover:
The track is actually understated from Rod which is rarely his modus operandi. Slow groove, excellent singing, organ and clear guitar lines accentuating things along the way before a double guitar solo outro; blissful .

In the middle you can feel Rod wanting to go hammy and showboat but he reigns it in just in time. The cover is better for it. 

Also it needs to be mentioned that with the USA's current political climate more than ever this couplet from the song hits home:

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