There was a time when covering Bob Dylan was downright easy. The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, the Turtles, and even William Shatner put their distinctive spins on the legend's tunes. Those times, however, have a-changed. Witness this 2-CD soundtrack to the current Todd Haynes film; even though it assembles a who's who of alternative artists, including a house backing band that features Television's Tom Verlaine, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo, organist John Medeski, and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, only a few of the 34 tracks here succeed. Mostly, it seems the artists don't know what to do with Dylan. Either they treat him too reverentially, playing the songs in the same tempo and style as the originals (Karen O's version of "Highway 61 Revisited"). Or they discover nothing new in songs that were near-perfect — and covered thusly — in the past (see Eddie Vedder's dull take on "All Along... More >>>