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A Sophisticated Album.,
This review is from: Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen (Audio CD)
I listened to Dylan and Cohen as a teenager; they gave my dissatisfaction with society, and political anger direction and focus. Listening to Jungr singing Masters of War, past memories of that youthful anger were rekindled. The most expressive instrument Barb Jungr possesses is her voice, and she uses her passionate, wondrous vocalization with supreme skill, soft, yet powerful, she becomes the conduit for Dylan’s lyrics to show that nothing much has changed. Politicians still put guns into the hands of young men, then turn and run when bullets fly. This is exactly what has happened in Iraq.
A further aspect to her genius is the modesty of her performance. Yes, it’s Jungr singing, but she ensures the words remain those of the authors, while she gives them her own musical interpretation. I think that the most intricate example of this is her rendition of Hard Rain, but I won’t attempt to describe what I heard, it is uniquely impassioned, presented with subtlety, and peppered with a tangible undercurrent of despair. I am mesmerized by her interpretation of Cohen’s “Land of Plenty” the compassion and the despair in her voice is magnified by the way she intimately presents the song.
Please buy this album, it contains great wisdom, presented with luxuriant sophistication, fire and wounded passion. You will not be disappointed. Furthermore, if you ever get the chance, go to one of her gigs, her live performances are intoxicating and dynamic.