Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dylan covers album by Andy Hill and Renee Safier

I don’t usually bother with Dylan covers albums. I occasionally enjoy the Byrds’ Dylan stuff in the car, and rate highly Bryan Ferry’s recent foray into the genre, but little else.

But I warmed to It Takes A Lot To Laugh, by Andy Hill and Renee Safier (Hillstruck Music, CA, 2001). I particularly liked the refreshing takes of a trio of Dylan songs I don’t hear often – Emotionally Yours, Seven Curses and Shooting Star. The two singers alternate as main vocals; I warmed to their harmonies and acoustic playing.

Gerry Smith