Even though Bob Dylan is not dead, he still deserves the tribute given to him in Todd Haynes' 2007 film I'm Not There. The soundtrack is a two-disc set that contains covers of more than 30 Dylan songs.
The first track, Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers' take on "All Along The Watchtower," is a bit worrisome, but Sonic Youth's cover of the title track, "I'm Not There," is a cover song done right.
Cat Power's version of "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" is disappointing and almost embarrassingly similar to the original. Sadly, Cat Power ends up being a low point of this collection.
Expecting only the "greatest hits" to be covered, it was refreshing to hear a bunch of lesser-known Dylan songs that are still just as good as "Like A Rolling Stone."
Another surprise on the soundtrack was a cover of "Just Like A Woman," by Calexico and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who plays Claire in the film.
There is an unlikely selection of artists on the album, such as X's John Doe, Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O, Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova and The Black Keys. Pavement's Stephen Malkmus, Yo La Tengo, and Mason Jennings also all get more than one try at covering Dylan's music.
Overall, the collection is unique and a must-have for those who loved the film.