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New Reviews: 'Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan' Is Sprawling and Inconsistent

Also: Stream new music by Bruce Springsteen, Craig Finn, Tim McGraw, Chairlift and more

January 24, 2012 2:40 PM ET
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'Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan'
Amnesty International

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Joe Levy assesses Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, a sprawling and inconsistent 80 track collection of Dylan covers for Amnesty International with artists ranging from "Pete Seeger (folk-music deity, b. 1919) to Miley Cyrus (hot mess, b. 1992)." Also, Rob Sheffield praises Craig Finn's "ear for the way American losers talk" on his debut solo album and David Fricke raves about Bruce Springsteen's new single "We Take Care of Our Own," which he says is a "precise, devastating assessment of a nation exhausted by economic straits and locked in an uncivil war of values stoked by selfish Washington gridlock."

ALBUMS

Various Artists - Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (stream one song)

Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes (stream one song)

Tim McGraw - Emotional Traffic (stream one song)

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar (stream one song)

Big Deal - Lights Out (stream one song)

The Little Willies - For the Good Times (stream one song)

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory (stream one song)

Chairlift - Something (stream one song)

Ani DiFranco - Which Side Are You On? (stream one song)

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur (stream one song)

SONGS

Bruce Springsteen "We Take Care of Our Own" (stream)

Scissor Sisters "Shady Love" (stream)

Delta Spirit "California" (stream)

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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