Dylan goes cosy: soft-pop release suggests the times have a-changed
Adam Sherwin is Media Correspondent at The Independent and an award-winning writer who specialises in covering the entertainment, broadcasting, music and popular culture industries. Previously Media writer and diarist at The Times, he was a co-founder of the Beehive City media and entertainment website. As regular contributor to BBC London 94.9 Radio station, he was named Music Business writer of the year at the awards of influential music industry site Record of the Day in 2006.
Saturday 27 October 2012
It’s time to relax, unwind and put on a best-selling album celebrating the “new cosy” – a collection of the softest sounds recorded by music’s biggest names.
But the musical equivalent of a winter nightcap has landed a surprise recruit after Bob Dylan, once the voice of radical protest, lent his nasal whine to the latest release.
In a final blow to pop’s former rebellious spirit, Keep Calm and Stay Cosy, an album of Radio 2-friendly songs that is expected to be one of this Chrismas’s top stocking fillers, features Dylan’s 1997 ballad “Make You Feel My Love”, a song popularised by Adele and given new life as a staple for X Factor contestants.
The 71-year-old Dylan, whose songs include “Masters of War”, “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” and “Maggie’s Farm”, features on the 58-track triple CD alongside Emeli Sandé, James Blunt and Bruno Mars.
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