Four albums into Phoenix’s career, we’ve come to expect infectious dance-pop singles like “Lisztomania” and “1901” from the Grammy-nominated French quartet. So Phoenix’s acoustic cover of Bob Dylan’s “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” recorded live for Germany’s Musikexpress (via P4K), comes as a surprising, refreshing change of pace from the band, as Thomas Mars and Co. deliver a pretty faithful rendition of the famed Blonde on Blonde closer — even though Phoenix’s version is truncated down to a shade under five minutes, compared to Dylan’s epic 11-plus minutes.
Both Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and single “1901” landed in the higher reaches of Rolling Stone‘s Best Albums of 2009 and Best Songs of 2009 lists, respectively. 2009 was the year that Phoenix finally broke out in America after a trio of acclaimed albums, and the French group was rewarded with their first ever Grammy nomination in the Best Alternative Album category for Wolfgang. The Grammy nod even shocked Phoenix themselves, as the band told Rolling Stone. To see if Phoenix can stage an upset victory over the likes of Brian Eno & David Byrne, Death Cab for Cutie, Depeche Mode and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, be sure to watch the Grammys this weekend, January 31st.