The New Basement Tapes – “Lost On The River”

Really cool idea, with some really nice results. Basic gist is such; super-music producer T-Bone Burnett (O, Brother Where Art Thou, Inside Llewyn Davis, etc), got ahold of unheard Bob Dylan lyrics that were written during the Basement Tape Era. He then got Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Elvis Costello (Elvis Costello), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) to write new songs, using those lyrics. There are a lot of totally different song, that use the same lyrics. Some are great, others are not. The good songs all sound like the artist who wrote it; Jim James’ songs all sound like My Morning Jacket, and Goldsmith’s sound like Dawes. Very Dylan-y in style, with a mix of acoustic, and rocking’ electric. It has a very full sound, unlike its namesake. Very slick production, but it still sounds like it was done in one take.

RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Mumford & Sons
FCC: Clean
Play: 3 (really good), 6, 1, 2, 5, 8

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