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Playing it safe is lame when paying tribute to a trailblazer,
This review is from: Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine (MP3 Music)
Generally speaking, the versions on this album take too literal a read on the original arrangements and fail to show how songs with bones as good as these can be adapted into new contexts and remain intact in their original intent and emotion. These guys are all being too reverent, which is ironic given how irreverent John Prine is at his best. Someone ought to have done "Everybody" or "Please Don't Bury Me" and they just overlook them. Thumbs down. If you wanna hear interesting takes on John Prine, Bonnie Raitt's old version of "Angel From Montgomery" is still the finest, and Nancy Griffith's version of "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" is pretty amazing. Lastly, youtube Omar Torrez's version of "Mexican Home" to see how a song so great can be adapted into a funkfest that makes Josh Ritter look like an ass, straight up.
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2010 10:37:03 AM PST
My reaction as well. If you're just going to play them the same way Prine did, I'd rather listen to the originals. Some of these people actually manage to sound like him even though they don't when they record their own stuff.
Posted on Jan 4, 2011 7:17:27 AM PST
Steven J. Hoffman says:
Well stated, J. Breen. I've listened to the Amazon excerpts of every cut on this album, and ain't one that seems to add a thing to the original John Prine recordings. You're right, these interpretations are too literal and too reverent, and this is the fault of SO many "tribute" albums!!
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