This is a bit of an odd bird on a tribute album to Bob Dylan in that it’s really much more of a George Harrison song than a Dylan song (the melody on the verses is unmistakably Harrison-esque), but let’s put that aside.
I first became aware of Evan Rachel Wood from her turn in the Julie Taymor–helmed Across the Universe where she played Lucy, Max’s sister and Jude’s love interest and had two solo numbers including an exquisite version of “Blackbird” which substituted a droning harmonium for the originals finger-picked acoustic guitar accompaniment to great effect. Here again, the song is beautifully reimagined as it might have been performed by a 1930s chanteuse. The end result transcends the original.
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