JUSTIN Timberlake has tackled the Luke Kelly classic for the soundtrack of the new Coen brothers movie.
Reaction to Timberlake has been mixed with some claiming he has adopted a fake Irish accent. “What's the story with the put on Irish accent?” asked one commentator, who said: “It probably would be a decent version of the song only for that.”
Another listener said: “Not bad....can't hold a candle to Luke, but kudos for putting new blood to it.”
The Cry Me A River star recorded the song written by Dominic Behan for his brother Brendan’s play The Quare Fellow. It has been recorded since by many artists, most notably Luke Kelly, but also Bono, Shane MacGowan and Damien Dempsey.
Timberlake tweeted however that he only provided additional vocals for the track, saying: Guys... Stop. THE PUNCH BROTHERS are singing this version! Marcus and myself are additional vocals. #Credits
The new movie Inside Llewyn Davis centres around New York’s Greenwich Village in the early 1960s.
It is made by the Coen brothers who are also responsible for O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and Fargo. Artists also featured on the soundtrack include Mumford and Sons and bluegrass band Punch Brothers.
The movie is released early next year. Listen to Justin Timberlake's rendition here, and decide for yourself.