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Devlin, Sheeran and Dylan: A Match Made in Hell

12 Jul

Oh, the humanity! Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’ will be covered by Ed Sheeran and Devlin! I think I want to crawl into a small space somewhere and hibernate or possibly go through a wardrobe into another world where Sheeran and Devlin don’t exist and I can listen to classics in peace.

Okay, actually the definitive version of ‘All Along the Watchtower’ was undoubtedly by Jimi Hendrix (obviously more of an influence here than the original version), but it’s a classic and shouldn’t be messed with, particularly by someone labelled a ‘sensitive crooner’ and a rapper who does some of his own stylings over the top of the iconic riff. I’m not actually as offended by Sheeran’s part in this as I thought I would be (my dislike for Sheeran is well known) but it’s the idea that the song should be tampered with any more that gets me. In the video, it’s hard enough to hear Devlin’s rapping without all that noise going on and that’s just another factor that tarnishes the memory of the classic. Why have so much noise going on in the video if you want the music to do the talking? Surely the whole point of rapping is that you can hear the words and the message that might be added to it?

Well, it could be worse. It could be Sheeran doing one of his raps *shudder*.

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