Director Larry Charles' new film, which stars Bob Dylan as (what else?) an enigmatic rock singer, hasn't been wowing the critics.

Director Larry Charles' new film, which stars Bob Dylan as (what else?) an enigmatic rock singer, hasn't been wowing the critics. But the soundtrack album, which includes newly recorded Dylan performances and an often zany batch of covers, is a feast for the maestro's fans. Dylan offers slamming rerecordings of "Down in the Flood" and "Cold Irons Bound," a loose-jointed take on "Dixie" and the folk chestnut "Diamond Joe." The loony highlight of the collection is an Italian rap version of "Like a Rolling Stone" by Articolo 31—complete with a sample of the original; tracks by Sertab, Francesco De Gregori, the Magokoro Brothers and Sophie Zelmani add to the international flavor. Strong cuts by Los Lobos, the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Shirley Caesar and the Dixie Hummingbirds round out an eccentric stroll through Dylan's back pages.—CM

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