The Wallflowers singer Jakob Dylan releases his solo debut album on Columbia Records. The Album is produced by Rick Rubin.
Ok, when I first heard this album, my first reaction was to give it a one-star rating and call it boring. However, after listening to it repeatedly the album grows.
This album is different from the average Wallflowers in the sense that it almost completely acoustic and not the usual straightforward rock performed by the Wallflowers. On the other hand it is easily recognizable for the Jakob Dylan fans as the Wallflowers depend heavily on his voice.
I think that it’s a good idea of Dylan not to make the album sound like a Wallflowers album. That is what he has the band to. The positive things with this album are that the songs does not sound bad, the album would fit well as background music during a dinner or if you just want to have a nice mellow album to listen and enjoy.
It is also a consistent album; there are no really bad tracks on here. That, however, leads us to the problem of the album.
There are no great songs that make you go “wow”. The album grows as you listen to it a couple of times, but there are no clear standout tracks that you play over and over again. The songs just sound too much like each other.
Still if you like Jakob Dylan’s voice and/or the Wallflowers’ most mellow songs, this is an album for you. Also recommended for fans of Ray LaMontagne.