Day of the Dead
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An epic tribute to the Grateful Dead from the most fertile minds in independent music, the five-and-a-half-hour Day of the Dead glows with a reverence few bands ever get. From the expected (Kurt Vile’s “Box of Rain” or the War on Drugs’ “Touch of Grey”) to the radically reimagined (Senegalese legends Orchestra Baobab’s Afro-Cuban spin on “Franklin’s Tower,” ANOHNI and yMusic’s “Black Peter”), it’s the sound of a younger generation moving forward by embracing what came before—lovingly produced by the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner.
This is a fascinating tribute to the work of an extraordinary band. As some music reviewers have pointed out, it demonstrates what an extraordinary range of excellent songs the Dead produced. As a long-time Dead-head I do miss the extraordinary musical richness of the originals, which few of these covers manages to match, but in many cases the reinterpretation of the lyrics is fascinating and well worth a listen.
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