Album Review of
Blonde on the Tracks

Written by Robert Silverstein
November 17, 2020 - 3:36pm EST
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Even after all the covers of Bob Dylan back in the 1960s, the Dylan hits keep coming, this time with the 2020 album release of Blonde On The Tracks, by Nashville-based, Australian-born vocalist Emma Swift. Backed by a solid band, including guitarist / producer Patrick Sansone and esteemed pop-rock icon Robyn Hitchcock, Emma sounds positively possessed on Blonde On The Tracks. Passing on the big Dylan hits like “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, "Like A Rolling Stone", “Don’t Think Twice”, etc, Blonde On The Tracks showcases an array of lesser known Dylan classics all sung to perfection by the very appealing Ms. Swift. Kicking things off with an upbeat, Byrds-style “Queen Jane Approximately”, the Highway 61 Revisited classic (and actually the B-side to “One Of Us Must Know", also featured here as the next track), Blonde On The Tracks covers many musical bases and will more than likely awaken Dylan’s legacy to a younger generation looking to make sense of Dylan’s timeless music. Also here is Emma's cover of Blonde On Blonde's cryptic and lyric-heavy “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands” - all 11:22 of it. You may have to dig out Bob's lyrics, easily accessible and on numerous websites, to these tracks but, clearly Blonde On The Tracks is well-worth listening to and goes the distance making it a must for long time Dylan fans and neophytes alike.