Hear Ke$ha's Quality, Teary-Eyed Cover Of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright"

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Truth be told, if you played Ke$ha's cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" for someone in a car, without referencing who it was by, or her glitter-to-platelet count, they would bow down and worship it, sight unseen. And if she had a whole album with ballads like this, she would be a Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and everything darling. Adele's stomping stalker anthems be damned.

But since it's Ke$ha, the lame-dicks will laugh it off becuase it goes against their marching orders.

Recorded for Amnesty International's Chimes of Freedom, a four-disc Bob Dylan covers project, "Don't Think" finds our heroine, crying through the break-up song, all sniffles and snots, projecting real emotion. There are no three-day parties, whiskey bottles, or synthesizers to save her from what's going on here.

As a life-long Dylan fan, none of this bothers me, because for me Dylan has always been up for different interpretations. If it takes a 24-year-old woman from Nashville with an extreme beard fetish to show us another side of Dylan, then well that actually sounds about right.

This time around you get to hear the exact opposite of Ke$ha's usual party-rocking business, with her voice wounded and hurt, the ravages of the morning after and whatnot exposing the party girl to be just that, a girl. A damaged one. Maybe an abused one. The "wages of sin" and all that jazz. Yeah, the crying gets in the way until you hear the spare instrumentation.

Hearing a female artist interpret Dylan at his most emo -- he was only 21 when he wrote the damn thing -- is refreshing compared the line of commercially-viable pop-country dumpers who would normally take a swing at Dylan. The only other guys who have done the song justice have been Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings, since it was released on 1963's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

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18 comments
Jeff
Jeff

I just don't really hate Ke$ha to begin with. I've never bought one of her records or gone to a show, but she pops up on the stereo at a store or at a bar, I'm not going to run into the streets weeping for a lost and dying generation. She is no better or worse than any other pop star who has ever existed and good for her for trying something different.

Ramon LP4 Medina
Ramon LP4 Medina

As someone who loves that soul crushing Dylan song, I have to admit it's a lovely version.  Maybe a bit over-emotive but very nice.     

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I love it.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

I figured it out. If Angelo Badalementi had produced a Janis Joplin album this is what it would've sounded like.

H_e_x
H_e_x

For some reason this statement makes me really sad.

Tim Thraeryn
Tim Thraeryn

Somethin' `bout that girl ain't quite right, but god bless `er.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I dunno, her voice still sounds pretty shitty. Check out any conservatory, you'll find people who can sing.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

I'm pretty sure it's supposed to sound shitty. Jesus, I can't stop listening to this song. I haven't heard anything like this since Evangeline's "We're Alright Down Here."

H_e_x
H_e_x

Oh my. Well, I can't really sing much either.

Craigley
Craigley

Not to mention Dylan ain't even Dylan.  He made himself up, but was less transparent about it than the vapid fools we see today. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

I hear her next tour is going to be sponsored by valtrex and four loko.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

Maybe her previous work just makes it easier to belive. Like, I dunno, the lament of the inevitable infection.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I agree with Bob and the indie part. With her unrefined voice, I'm surprised she didn't go the indie rout. It would have been a perfect excuse for poor singing.

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

For that matter Dylan was never considered a decent singer, but his voice was endearing. I stand by my opinion that if this wad released by any female singer other than Kesha Sebert that it would be the indie flavor of the month.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

Me neither, but they gave me an award so I just shut up and go with it ;)

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

Everyone gets at least one pure moment of genius. Paris Hilton killed in Repo, for example. This was awesome. Maybe she'll actually become a real person.

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