Lincoln County Road or Armageddon?

Even if the new Todd Haynes six-actors-as-Dylan movie, “I’m Not There,” doesn’t pan out — weighted, as it is, with impossible hype at this point — the soundtrack appears to be chock full of worthwhile Dylan covers. My two favorites so far, from I can glean online, both involve Calexico and their horn section:

  • Goin’ to Acapulco,” by Jim James and Calexico, along with an original version of the song from “The Basement Tapes” and a not-so-impressive Will Oldham version.
  • And, on the MySpace page for the soundtrack, a very good cover of “Ring Them Bells” by Sufjan Stevens (along with fairly unsurprising incarnations of “Stuck Inside of Mobile” and “Simple Twist of Fate” by Cat Power and Jeff Tweedy, respectively.

My only quibble is that the eclectic-Dylan-covers-film-soundtrack was just done for the last Dylan biopic, “Masked and Anonymous,” and the soundtrack turned out far better than the film itself. Hope that this latest adventure into the Dylan mythos has more to it than just Cate Blanchett in drag and a bunch of covers.

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