in the Folk Direction
other day I stopped into The Den, a local convenience store,
to pick up a refreshing Arizona iced tea before my next class.
Upon investing the cash situation I saw my wallet was basically
empty - a whole dollar. I wanted the drink so I wouldn't risk
falling asleep; caffeine is my lifeblood.
obvious I was going to have to charge it. Charge $1.37? I
would look like a freak... so I decided to pick up a CD while
I was there so I wouldn't appear lame to the cashiers.
how I bought one of the better albums I have heard this year:
been four years since Jakob Dylan and his Wallflowers released
their smash album Bringing Down the Horse, featuring
songs such as "6th Avenue Heartache," "3 Marlenas,"
and the infectiously annoying "One Headlight." I
personally didn't care much for the first album. It was decent,
but nothing outstanding.
totally reversed my opinion of this band. Maybe I have changed
over these four years. Maybe Bringing Down the Horse
isn't so bad after all. However, I argue the Wallflowers have
simply gotten better.
album signals a shift towards a more "folk" sound
than the last album. Sure there are pop songs on here, like
"Letters from the Wasteland" and the first single,
"Sleepwalker." But the best stuff is what won't
end up on the radio. Songs like "Witness" and "Birdcage."
hates to be compared to his father. (Bob Dylan, for those
of you who are totally clueless). However, his vocal style
more closely resembles his father on the new album than on
has improved as well. No, he is still not a lyrical genius
like Bob Dylan or... (shall I say it?) ...Eminem.... But lines
like the chorus in "Sleepwalker" are just brilliantly
dont' draw back your bow / Sam Cooke didnt' know what I know."
a great reference to days of old.