Bryan Ferry, ‘Dylanesque’ (Capitol)
Arch, affected, and just a little bit sharp, Bryan Ferry’s singing was as shocking and influential in the 1970s as Bob Dylan’s visionary wheeze had been a decade earlier. When the Roxy Music frontman recorded the protest anthem “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” in 1973, the collision of style and content felt more like farce than tribute. But time has aged both singer and songs into handsome familiarity, and Ferry embraces these Dylan classics — one each from 11 albums, from 1962 to 1997 — with undiluted sincerity, gently remodeling the barbed lyrics into graceful modern art.
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