Monday, December 11, 2023

Dylan Cover #610 Silversun Pickups "Not Dark Yet"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Silversun Pickups playing "Not Dark Yet" 

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series.

For November and December we highlight covers from: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
A excellent Dylan tune from any era but one that in particular screamed "I'm Still Alive And Kickin'!" on Time Out Of Mind at a phase when Dylan was simply an after thought on the current popular music scene. One of Dylan's most haunting tracks; it is hard not to feel his emotions and finality of the coming darkness as Dylan sings this lyric set.  An all-time great that is mysterious, foreboding, honest and powerful. First class Bob.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Silversun Pickups were one of the first grunge throwback bands RtBE heard back in the early 00's and have always enjoyed the light buzzy sound. 

Thoughts on Cover:
This version marches forward on a distant snare drum surrounded by rising sounds in light shoegaze fashion. A cool, different take on the tune, and one they could have leaned into even harder. 

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