Richard Shindell

South of Delia Reviews

Daily News Mail

Over the course of six critically acclaimed albums, contemporary folk artist
Richard Shindell established himself as a vocalist and songwriter of the
first magnitude. On "South of Delia," however, Shindell puts his spin on
tunes from other renowned songwriters - and the results are magical.
From a faithful rendition of "Acadian Driftwood" by The Band, to
slightly more interpretive takes on Bob Dylan's "Senor (Tales of Yankee
Power)" and Woody Guthrie's "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos),"
Shindell makes every song his own. He does justice to Peter Gabriel
("Mercy Street") and Josh Ritter ("Lawrence, KS") and offers a twist on
traditional favorites like "Sitting On Top of the World" and "Texas
Rangers." But the defining moment of a record filled with highlights is
the mournful rendition of "Born In the U.S.A." - one of Bruce
Springsteen's most popular (and misunderstood) songs. Shindell's
deliberately paced version, almost unrecognizable from the anthemic
version that The Boss rode to No. 1 two decades ago, underscores the
bitterness and pain in Springsteen's lyrical tale of a soldier returning
home from Vietnam. ( JS ) ***

updated: 10 years ago