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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B001EVITNE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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150 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Things is not a look into the past July 1, 2008
By Josh
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Seeing Things does NOT hearken back to the days of Bob, but instead clearly plays out poetic visions of today and tomorrow. Jakob & Bob may be similar in style and attitude, but listen, pay attention, hear Jakob's sentiment, and you'll see very clearly that he draws strength from an emotive engine very much his own.

Bob Dylan and Jakob Dylan are two phenomenal singer/songwriters, each standing firmly on his own ground, each deserving of our full attention. I'm an avid listener of both Bob and Jakob's music and simply do not understand why reviewers are reluctant to grand Jakob his own platform.

Don't listen to this album with 3-minute hyper-pop expectations.
Listen to this album with time and quiet to hear the whole thing through.
The listener will glean as much depth and sentiment as he/she brings to the table. Pay attention and you will not be disappointed.

Seeing Things is a mellow masterpiece in a gallery of neon noise.

Please rate this review "helpful" if you're tired of reading through the "He's not as good as Daddy" comments... >_> I'm absolutely certain that those reviewers are either not listening or... something worse.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearing things--good things! June 11, 2008
I like the Wallflowers and I like Jakob by himself. This CD is sparsely orchestrated and acoustic with Jakob's voice as the highlight. The CD is very listenable, but watch out--the lyrics will sneak up on you. There's a lot of strong sentiment in these mostly quiet songs.

"Evil is Alive and Well", the opener, is definitely a strong start. It's sparse and almost gothic sounding. The first listen made my hair stand up on end.

"Valley of the Low Sun", sounds like a ready-made traditional with very strong contemporary lyrics 'with snow covered beaches and bombers named after girls...' Either his Dad or Richard Thompson could have written this one.

"War is Kind" is one of the softest spoken protest songs you will ever hear. Jakob gets his message across in a quiet and ironic manner.

You hear a lot of influences in this collection: Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson, and yes, I think Jakob hears his own drummer as well. At 10 songs and a little over 37 minutes, "Seeing Things" keeps me hearing things a little less time than I would like, but the CD is still a winner and I am predicting it will be one of the best CDs of the year.

Rebecca Kyle, June 2008
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Release June 10, 2008
By DD
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Kudos to Jakob Dylan for a gorgeous acoustic album that, while channeling a bit of Jackson Browne, Greg Brown, Buddy Miller and even his father, nevertheless manages to stand alone as a unique expression of outstanding songwriting, inspired song arrangements and spot on deliveries.

This one is a keeper.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Call It A Comeback July 26, 2008
In true Rick Rubin fashion, he has stripped Jakob Dylan down to bare minimals. Don't come asking for The Wallflowers, we have no grand band scale here. Seeing Things has no rock gimmicks to distract the listener. There's just Jakob's lyrics and voice to pay attention to. Both which have evolved to be even stronger and more passionate than before.

There's no weak or filler songs, to say. Although the songs tie together beautifully, all have their own world and imagery to ponder. Jakob's voice is in the forefront, with the acoustics behind him. Like with The Wallflowers, Jakob uses his deep tone and slight rasp to his advantage. Yet his voice is more clean and clearer on this album. There's not really much more one could ask for in his solo debut.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it will grow!! June 11, 2008
After five albums with his band The Wallflowers, Jakob Dylan steps out on his own for the first time ever. The aptly titled "Seeing things" is a look at the sad state of the world, set to stark, acoustic Folk songs produced by master of stripped music, Rick Rubin. Rubin produced Johnny Cash's "American" series of albums, of which I have two which I love.

Listening to it the first time, everything sounded much the same to me, though I thoroughly enjoyed every song, even going "yes" at 2 or 3 tracks, but listening to it over and over fully unfurls the beauty of this album. The songs are hugely melodic yet simple.

Accompanied primarily by guitar, and sometimes some delicate percusion and harmonies, there is subtle variety despite the simplicity. "Will it grow" is Country tinged with a 2 step beat, while the sing-a-long "Something good this way comes" is Americana. "All day and all night" is the most upbeat sounding song (if that's possible on this laid back, gentle CD).

The guitar/vocals only "Valley of the low sun" (with its lyrics about war; "I know that soldiers are not paid to think/But something is making us sick" he sings, also referring to bombers named after girls) sounds very much like something from Bruce Springsteen's song book.

Other standouts include the acostic ballads "Everybody pays as they go" (with some female harmonies, lovely), "War is kind" (another Springsteen-esque song, a look at the effects of war through the eyes of a mother, brother, daughter, and a lover), "On up the mountain", and the Blues-tinged "I told you I couldn't stop" which is more richly adorned with guitars, Jakob's forlorn raspy delivery and a faintly tapped beat, this is my absolute favourite song.

Jakob stated that he set out to create music on this album that would be timeless. I think he succeeded.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent collection of Jakob Dylan. A consummate album of his work.
Published 9 days ago by Arsenic and Young Lace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in every way.
Great CD from a fine musician songwriter. The lyrics are deep and brilliant and the delivery is perfect. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bongo
5.0 out of 5 stars smoke if you got em
just a gem of musical expression. poetic and esoteric yet enjoyable when your 3 sheets. one of my favorite albums to listen to beginning to end, its hard to turn off otherwise.
Published 14 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Things by Jakob Dylan
Excellent CD. I loved Jakob Dylan's voice when he was with the Wallflowers, so this is a nice continuation. Great songwriter and singer.
Published 21 months ago by Bruce Wood
2.0 out of 5 stars they say 2 stars
means y0ou dont like it- but what if you just choose 2 stars because it had the least amount of votes? Read more
Published 22 months ago by H. Rogers
1.0 out of 5 stars great music but poor sound quality on vinyl
I originally purchased this album on cd. The cd sounded so good I thought the vinyl would sound amazing,I was wrong, the sound quality is terrible. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by bradley s gustafson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD
I bought this cd for my mom for Christmas, knowing that both of us like Jakob Dylan. We already have his newest cd and were interested in hearing some of his older stuff. Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by Books 'n Music
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
First off, his voice is amazing. The lyrics are well written. This album feels very American to me, not only musically but captures the sentiments of our country post 911. Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by tarte
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album
I was listening to this Album with my headphones on one night I could not fall asleep and I couldn't believe how great it was. Read more
Published on April 27, 2010 by Andrew Paul Stone
2.0 out of 5 stars Jakob Should Stick with the Wallflowers!
I've enjoyed all of the Wallflower albums and was looking forward to this solo album. At best it is boring. Every song sounds the same, slow and dull. Read more
Published on April 10, 2010 by Joby97
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