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Wallflowers
     

The Wallflowers

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by The Wallflowers
 
There are promising moments on the Wallflowers' eponymous debut album, enough to suggest that the group was capable of the lean, contemporary folk-rock that would make Bringing Down the Horse such a winning record.

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The Wallflowers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sosohappy More than 1 year ago
Great unhearalded debut album My favorite Wallflowers album. It sounds like an album, not a collection of songs. It sounds so alive so loose so carefree. How did they get away with this without the record company reining them in? I have read that the songs were recorded live in the studio and it definitely has a vibrant fresh sound that few records from the early 1990’S have. Twelve songs clocking in at over 69 minutes (with four over six minutes long) may lead one to believe that there should have been more restraint shown but I am not of that opinion. It all fits and adds to the aural atmosphere. The guitars are assertive, raw, and crunchy with a bit of wah-wah thrown in for fun, the drums pound in the right places and Rami Jaffee’s Hammond organ is stellar throughout. Jacob Dylan’s lyrics are at worst interesting and at their best funny and thought provoking. All in all a highly impressive debut and one that would be near impossible to repeat and for various reasons (personnel changes, record company pressure come right to mind) they never try. Stand out tracks: Shy of the Moon- the leadoff song and most concise track on the album sets the tone from the get go-a breezy romance on the run tale. Hollywood- Some Dylansque lyrics here (=You talk so loud, you talk so much and you talk so funny But honey, what are you talkin' about?) showing the apple didn’t fall far the tree. Be Your Own Girl- A mature sounding ballad about hoping a love finds her own independent voice. Ashes to Ashes-Probably the most radio friendly track on the album. A mid tempo rocker with a catchy chorus. Asleep at the Wheel- a tasty acoustic guitar sound that serves as a nice change of pace with some of Dylan’s most impressive lyrical wordplay. Honeybee- This one reminds of The Band both instrumentally and vocally, as if Jacob is trying to channel both Rick Danko and Richard Manuel. A very subtle song that grows more intriguing upon each listening, even at more than nine minutes long. For the Life of Me- A great album closer which may be a response to all of the gloom and doom of the grunge movement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that nobody liked this album. It is an amazing album. As Wallflower fans we have to admit that after four years of listening to Bringing Down The Horse and two months of Breach our ears need a little break from the average Wally sound. When that happens pop in this. It looks like Jakob Dylan it sounds like Jakob Dylan but the rest of the band doesn't sound like Mike, Mario, and Greg (because it isn't) the only members in the band back then that are in the band now are Jake and Rami, but I guess all of the fans know that. Anyway I really love this album and it makes me sad that only 40,000 copies were sold
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a five star album and One Headlight is the best song Ive ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band is great, I loved this CD, but this really isn't Bringing Down the Horse. This CD on the other hand is Jakob Dylan before Bringing Down the Horse, and before just about everyone left. Jakob Dylan obviously has talent and an amazing background. Being Bob Dylan's son (which he doesn't like to talk about) it is easy to see why he is such an amazing musician. I love this CD but it isn't as good as the 1996 release of Bringing Down the Horse.