One Track Mind

One Track Mind: Dolly Parton, “Don’t Think Twice,” from Blue Smoke (2014)

One Track Mind: Dolly Parton, “Don’t Think Twice,” from Blue Smoke (2014)

Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice,” with its sad acceptance of life’s strange twists set to a plucky finger-picked cadence, always seemed well suited for a country-music makeover.

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hey Blue Eyes” from American Beauty (2014)

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hey Blue Eyes” from American Beauty (2014)

There’s a moment, just when you get comfortable with the idea that this is a paean to home, love and hearth, when Bruce Springsteen sharply widens the lens. All around this couple, despite the illusion of a cocoon of safety and of love, there are troubles, there are questions, there is cruelty and death and misfortune.

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hurry Up Sundown” from American Beauty (2014)

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hurry Up Sundown” from American Beauty (2014)

A workingman’s song, one built for mashing the gas pedal down with your steel-toed boot, “Hurry Up Sundown” heralds an unexpected gift

One Track Mind: Leon Russell, “Big Lips” from Life Journey (2014)

One Track Mind: Leon Russell, “Big Lips” from Life Journey (2014)

Leon Russell makes a bold return to “Big Lips,” originally featured on 2008′s In Your Dreams, and uncovers something randier, rawer and all together rascally along the way.

One Track Mind: The Black Keys, “Turn Blue” from Turn Blue (2014)

One Track Mind: The Black Keys, “Turn Blue” from Turn Blue (2014)

The Black Keys keep their foot off the gas pedal on the title track from the upcoming Turn Blue, offering a quietly effective journey into falsetto-sung heartache — like a stripped-down, next-gen update of the Temptations’ Psychedelic Shack.

One Track Mind: Dave Mason, “Dear Mr. Fantasy” from Future’s Past (2014)

One Track Mind: Dave Mason, “Dear Mr. Fantasy” from Future’s Past (2014)

Dave Mason has returned, after too long away, to his birthright in Traffic — but, interestingly, not from the typical nostaglic perspective. Instead, he’s reworked “Dear Mr. Fantasy” as a searing blues rumination, steering the psychedelic Traffic classic in a completely different direction.

One Track Mind: The Both, “Milwaukee” from The Both (2014)

One Track Mind: The Both, “Milwaukee” from The Both (2014)

If you were wondering how the perennially circumspect Aimee Mann came to be in a band called the Both with riffy indie-rocker Ted Leo, look no further than the aptly titled “Milwaukee” from their forthcoming eponymous debut.

One Track Mind: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, “Animals” from Midnight Sun (2014)

One Track Mind: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, “Animals” from Midnight Sun (2014)

In 1973, director Alejandro Jodorowsky put together a psychedelic mindfuck of a film called The Holy Mountain that became an underground sensation — in no small part because John Lennon and Yoko Ono put their stamp of approval on it

One Track Mind: Don Felder, “Southern Bound” from Road to Forever: Extended Edition (2014)

One Track Mind: Don Felder, “Southern Bound” from Road to Forever: Extended Edition (2014)

Though he’s long been associated with California as a member of the Eagles, Don Felder was born and raised in the swampy milieu of Gainesville, Florida. You get a sense of the profound impact that period had on him (both as a youngster and as a guitarist) via “Southern Bound”

One Track Mind: The Alan Parsons Project, “Fragile” (2014)

One Track Mind: The Alan Parsons Project, “Fragile” (2014)

Draped with a David Gilmour-like diaphanous reverie — fitting, considering the band leader’s connection back to Pink Floyd — “Fragile” illustrates once again how the ever-malleable, at times almost faceless Alan Parsons Project continues through loss.