John Wesley Harding - Thea Gilmore
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  • Summary: The British singer-songwriter covers Bob Dylan's 1967 album, John Wesley Harding.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Thea Gilmore's take on John Wesley Harding is a worthy tribute to that great album--and with a playing time of 42.23, it even gives you an extra four minutes more than the original.
  2. Aug 16, 2011
    80
    Without in any way overwhelming the simple beauty of the lyrics and melodies, Gilmore's vocals and still-understated instrumentation add emotional color to Dylan's songs. Like all worthwhile covers, Gilmore's take on these classics lets us experience the songs anew.
  3. 80
    Thea Gilmore's 70th birthday tribute takes the form of re-recording her favourite Dylan album in its entirety, triggered by her acclaimed 2002 cover of "I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine", which sustains its solemnity despite the inclusion of congas.
  4. Aug 16, 2011
    60
    Covering such a cherished and well-respected body of work is a brave move, and while Gilmore was always going to struggle to make these iconic songs her own, John Wesley Harding is a valiant attempt to respectfully add a slightly modern sheen to the 40-year-old record, which should silence any Dylan aficionados waiting to cry foul.
  5. Aug 16, 2011
    60
    Gilmore is always worth hearing, but this one is for completists only.