J. Irvin Dally has the ability to invoke a deeper sadness in his covers, take his slowed version of the Rolling Stones' “Wild Horses” for example. The kid has got some pipes and he knows how to take you to that reflective place where your eyes gloss over in a thousand yard stare and thoughts of where did this whole damn thing go wrong creep into your sunny afternoon. He's done it again with his take on Leonard Cohen's “Famous Blue Raincoat”.
It hardly matters that last we checked Dally was living in LA and this song is a letter written from the Lower East Side. With the references to Scientology and one of the love triangle's members escaping to the desert, Clinton street could be exchanged for Mulholland Drive and retain its harrowing power.
In other news: J. Irvin Dally is dropping the J. So call him Irvin Dally from now on and adjust how you Google search, kids.