11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jakob Dylan established himself as a legitimate singer, songwriter, and performer with his group the Wallflowers. But as early as his first LP with the touching acoustic “Asleep at the Wheel,” Dylan showed signs of being at his absolute best at his least encumbered. So, for his first solo album, 2008’s Seeing Things, he hired Rick Rubin to produce and strip it all down, keeping Dylan’s voice front and center and letting the songs spill out at their own pace. Without an extra flourish or note, Dylan goes to work, coming up with an entire album of extremely strong material. “Evil is Alive and Well” takes the temperature of modern times, while “Valley of the Low Sun,” “Everybody Pays As They Go,” “Something Good This Way Comes,” and “The End of the Telescope” specialize in a timeless folk tradition where new melodies carry a ring of the familiar, as if they’d been there all along. This unforced ease begs Dylan to continue in this vein. The kid’s a natural, following in the family tradition, adhering to standards that must seem at least a little daunting at times. Here, you’d never know it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jakob Dylan established himself as a legitimate singer, songwriter, and performer with his group the Wallflowers. But as early as his first LP with the touching acoustic “Asleep at the Wheel,” Dylan showed signs of being at his absolute best at his least encumbered. So, for his first solo album, 2008’s Seeing Things, he hired Rick Rubin to produce and strip it all down, keeping Dylan’s voice front and center and letting the songs spill out at their own pace. Without an extra flourish or note, Dylan goes to work, coming up with an entire album of extremely strong material. “Evil is Alive and Well” takes the temperature of modern times, while “Valley of the Low Sun,” “Everybody Pays As They Go,” “Something Good This Way Comes,” and “The End of the Telescope” specialize in a timeless folk tradition where new melodies carry a ring of the familiar, as if they’d been there all along. This unforced ease begs Dylan to continue in this vein. The kid’s a natural, following in the family tradition, adhering to standards that must seem at least a little daunting at times. Here, you’d never know it.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

James Bond? ,

A nice breath of fresh air

Jakob Dylan is has that same raspy tone of the Wallflowers from the '90's and you can almost see a younger Dave Matthews in his words.
This album is just a reminder that there is still solid music being produced today aside from the Fall Out Boys Who Like Girls At the Disco...

DustCoveredSoul ,

Brilliant

I love The Walflowers and I love Jakob's voice. He's a great songwriter and has just enough of his dad to be great while still being mostly just Jakob. His lyrics are incredible and his voice is soothing. As for this record: it's probably his best vocal performance to date and it really sounds like he made the record he wanted. It's great if you're a Walflowers fan but even if you aren't I'm sure you can find something to love on it.

ShelbyLegend ,

Dylan Delivers...Jakob that is.

Stark...dark...simple...Dylan delivers a beautiful solo album the likes of Springsteen's "Nebraska" or Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changin." Jakob builds his own Dylan legacy on his terms.

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