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Review: Amnesty International benefit shows Bob Dylan's craftmanship

Published January 30, 2012 4:30 pm

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Grade: A-

"Chimes of Freedom" is a new four-CD collection of mostly newly recorded covers of Bob Dylan songs, with proceeds going to Amnesty International, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The consistently surprising set is nothing short of attention-arresting, with top-shelf performers ranging in age from Miley Cyrus, 19, to Pete Seeger, 92. The diversity of the musicians and musical genres — from rock, rap, hip-hop to pop, folk, country, jazz and blues — illustrates once again that Dylan's seemingly simple templates inspire and encourage revelatory versions from artists such as U2, Green Day, Ke$ha, R.E.M., Dierks Bentley, Adele, Michael Franti, Taj Mahal and many others.

Dylan is forever young and forever relevant.

— David Burger