Monday, December 25, 2023

Dylan Cover #612 Sinéad O'Connor "Property of Jesus"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Sinéad O'Connor playing "Property of Jesus" 

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:
While Bob was moving back into his secular waters with his album Shot of Love, the first song recorded during those sessions was very closed to the church, and that was "Property of Jesus". Dylan was very much in his Saved phase when this tune was written and recorded. No smirking trickster in these lyrics, just straight ahead fire and brimstone with big late 70's early 80's layers of instrumentation and backing vocals. One of The Bard's better praise songs that walks the line between rock and gospel.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
A unique voice in modern pop music Sinéad O'Connor could flutter and float vocal or growl and rip your heart out with her singing. Troubled, opinionated, unfairly maligned, O'Connor has a lot of multitudes, and she unfortunately is gone too soon. While RtBE were never huge fans, we always respected her, her fierce determination and her majestic vocals.   

Thoughts on Cover:
O'Connor ups the snarl and turns on the folk/punk for this take on the tune. It moves along at a fast pace as she sings with a force and a touch of anger. It is an odd choice of a cover from O'Connor who always had a rocky relationship with religion (to say the least), as this one is straight ahead, but that was Sinéad, full of mystery.  

Merry Christmas.  

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