Ferry polishes off Mr. Tambourine Man's rough edges, leaving only the smooth constructions of the songs themselves. Ferry's dapper, debonair tenor imbues the lyrics with a strident romanticism that sometimes takes your breath away, as with "Make You Feel My Love," a song that always sounds more antagonistic than amorous when Dylan performs it. The lovely piano-bar version of "Positively 4th Street" may cause Dylan fans to cringe, but, again, Ferry projects real vulnerability as opposed to the sneering contempt that powered the original.
Actually, it's very difficult to compare Dylanesque with the masterpieces, since--with the exception of Ferry's fumbling harmonica playing--the two efforts are wildly divergent in terms of tone and attitude. Still, for those curious about a new take on some classic cuts, Dylanesque fits better than a pair of rhumba panties.