A lot of hype and build up had been floating around this week for this track. So much so that I was beginning top wonder if it was getting too much. But after several listens of Devlin’s “Watchtower”, I can ultimately say, that the hype was justified. With a line up of Devlin, Ed Sheeran, production from Labrinth and incorporating the classic of classics “All Along The Watchtower” – originally a Bob Dylan track, to then later be rerecorded by Jimmy Hendrix, you’d expect greatness.
When you’re using a track as steeped in history as this, you have to make sure you don’t dissapoint, and although many people will say it can’t get near the previous recordings, I’d reply with that it isn’t about that. This is such a different feel to Hendrix and Dylan, so much so that it’s unfair to all attempts to try and compare them.
Devlin’s incredible delivery of his incredible lyrics, and Sheeran’s hauntingly stunning vocal work on the classic chorus make for an exquisite track. But the video, my God. The video is sublime. When you start watching it, I’d be stunned if you could actually stop watching it. It’s below, so have a look of what I mean. Massive congratulations to everyone involved some way in this track, especially the director, Corin Hardy.