From Eminem to Dylan: Which performances shined and which ones sank?
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Best and Worst: Bob Dylan, Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons
Don't get me wrong: The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons sounded awesome, together as a string band crew and on their own. They compete equally for my tiny black heart; I'd like to invite them all over for Thanksgiving.
I'm not much of a Dylan apologist, but the band overpowered what he has left of his gruff voice and I-don't-care demeanor. If I were one of those guys playing behind a legend, I'd be over the moon too, but then I'd be very bummed out about a sub-par and frankly scary performance of "Maggie's Farm." This "salute to acoustic music" (was that an electric keyboard?) was a mismatch and didn't play to Dylan's sans-guitar strengths well.
Plus it was amateur hour with a missing mic and the Depression-era backdrops were depressing. Why does acoustic and Americana-influenced music have to be forced into a 2-D ghetto?