On the Wallflowers' debut album, frontman Jakob Dylan did exactly the things that would invite embarrassing comparisons with his icon of a father, Bob. There was the faux country drawl, the syllables held out for an eternity, the narrative array of sideshow characters and music dominated by a Hammond organ. Four years older and a whole lot wiser, the Wallflowers return with an eye-popping second album that casts their leader in a far better light.
Young Dylan's songwriting remains shaped by echoes, but here they come from some of his dad's other "children": The anthemic "One Headlight" carries a distinct Tom Petty-like urgency, and "Invisible City" may be the best song Bruce Springsteen hasn't written in years. There are still plenty of genetic imprints. "Josephine" turns on a chord change straight out of "Just Like a Woman," and lines like "I've learned to compromise good people for alibis" show that the apple continues to fall pretty close to the tree. This time out, that's a compliment. (RS 737)
(Posted: Feb 2, 1998)
News and Reviews
Click "Copy Me" to add the RS.com Widget to your Facebook page, blog, MySpace page and more.
Click the play button.
Register or enter your username and password.
Let the music play!
More CD Reviews
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Tha Carter III
At Mount Zoomer
Saints Of Los Angeles
City That Care Forgot
One Of The Boys
I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too