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When the Wallflowers recorded their self-titled album in 1992, most of the band's members were 22 and weren't ready for prime time yet. The songs had flashes of inspiration and promise but didn't really hang together. It took four years for the Wallflowers to release a second album, but this time they were ready. The folk-rock melodies were strong; the playing was clear and muscular, and the production by T-Bone Burnett (friend of the family) framed the lyrics' storytelling imaginatively. Jakob will never escape comparisons to his dad, but his new music can stand on its own as some of the decade's best.
In fact, Jakob's voice doesn't resemble his father's so much as Tom Petty's nasal drawl, and the way Wallflower Rami Jaffee soaks nearly every song in Benmont Tench-like B-3 organ makes the Heartbreaker connection unmistakable. Fortunately, Jakob's evocative songwriting and the Wallflowers' high-energy playing reminds one of the early Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers records rather than the desultory, later work. Heartbreaker Mike Campbell even plays on "6th Avenue Heartache," the first single and a gloriously harmonized lament for the victims of America's meanest streets. "The same white line that was drawn on you," Jakob sings, "was drawn on me." He takes a more defiant, more rocking approach later in the album when he proclaims he's "Laughing Out Loud" in the face of everyone who ever tried to push him around. --Geoffrey Himes
This CD is one of the best of the 1990s.
No matter - "One Headlight" is musically tight and lyrically flawless, obviously deserving of mention on any list of great Rock songs.
I don't think they can make an album better than this one, but I'm sure they can certainly come up with a new album just as good.
I've had this CD for a long time now. In fact this was the first CD that I had ever bought. Over the years I've listened to just about every genre of music. Read morePublished 26 days ago by TruthBTold
I guess everyone else already knows about these guys, but I just found out recently and they're unbelievably GREAT! Not a boring moment on the entire CD.Published 1 month ago by E.K.
I've always enjoyed their music, cant wait to buy more of it. highly recommend their cd's. enjoy your day and weekendPublished 3 months ago by Martha Macdougall
You may buy this CD for "One Headlight" but you'll stay for the rest of the songs. One of my favorite tracks is "The Difference", a sumptuous choice cut on which Dylan paints a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melmacian Party Animal
Great CD! Rarely do you get a CD that it is play worthy in it's entirety. This one certainly is!Published 7 months ago by Denese B. Hughes
One of my 10 "desert Island CD's I play this thing over and over and over. It's excellent...every song. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bongo
Love this album from beginning to end. Not very many albums out there that I can say that about. Love it.Published 8 months ago by Stacy