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by The Wallflowers
Jakob Dylan clearly believes that patience is a virtue, having released just three albums in the nine-year existence of the Wallflowers -- and judging by the simultaneously gripping and craftsman-like tone of this outing, it's hard to argue with his position. Breach builds on the trad-rock success of the band's 1996 effort, See more details below


Jakob Dylan clearly believes that patience is a virtue, having released just three albums in the nine-year existence of the Wallflowers -- and judging by the simultaneously gripping and craftsman-like tone of this outing, it's hard to argue with his position. Breach builds on the trad-rock success of the band's 1996 effort, Bringing Down the Horse by managing to sound earthy without taking on a retro patina. The presence of producer (and occasional guitarist) Michael Penn probably has something to do with that, but Dylan deserves a pat on the back for displaying the maturity embodied in the sweetly sweeping "Birdcage" and the spiritual-tinged "Mourning Train." Like its predecessor, Breach is flavored here and there with bile and bitterness, most notably on the steely "Some Flowers Are Born Dead" and the hammer-down "Letters from the Wasteland," but the textured melodies seldom allow those flavors to overwhelm. Dylan Pater still looms large over these songs, not so much as an influence -- something Jakob has done his best to avoid -- but as a bête noire of sorts, a windmill to tilt at on songs such as the self-revelatory "Hand Me Down." But even with the abundant darkness in its grooves, Breach conveys a mood that's warm and sanguine, if not totally optimistic. Yes, it's complex, even difficult, but aren't most of life's rewarding experiences?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Jakob Dylan first debuted with the Wallflowers, nobody expected that he would ever escape the shadow of his famous father, and those doubts hung heavily above the band until their second album, Bringing Down the Horse, became an unexpected multi-platinum smash. In light of that success, Dylan became his own man, no longer seen as only Bob's kid. That freedom is evident on the Wallflowers' superb third album, Breach. At the time of its fall 2000 release, there was a lot of attention paid to Jakob finally writing about Bob, a subject he steadfastly ignored before, and it is true that several songs do clearly acknowledge his famous father. But that's not the most noteworthy thing about the album. What's remarkable about the album is that he is assured as a songwriter and bandleader. On the surface, there's not much different between this album and its predecessor, but the songs are stronger, sharper, and the performances are lean, muscular, and immediate. Andrew Slater and Michael Penn's clear, surprisingly varied production is a factor, but the credit goes to Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers; the band has never sounded better and Dylan has never been as convincing as a writer or singer. The result is the finest straight-ahead rock album of 2000.
Entertainment Weekly - Mark Bautz
Once mum about pop, Wallflower Jakob Dylan drops his guard on the fiercely intimate, finely tuned Breach.

Product Details

Release Date:
Interscope Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wallflowers   Primary Artist
Elvis Costello   Background Vocals
Michael Penn   Background Vocals,Musician
Frank Black   Background Vocals
Jon Brion   Musician
Lenny Castro   Musician
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Sal Cracchiolo   Horn
Joel Derouin   Strings
Jakob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rami Jaffee   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vibes
Jay Joyce   Musician
Buddy Judge   Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Musician
Gary Louris   Background Vocals
Karie Prescott   Strings
Michael Ward   Guitar,Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Greg Adams   Horn
Greg Richling   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Mario Calire   Drums
Christopher Penn   Background Vocals
Michele Richards   Strings
Kenneth Kugler   Horn

Technical Credits

Michael Penn   Producer
Mitchell Froom   Horn Arrangements
Rami Jaffee   String Arrangements
Andrew Slater   Producer
Howard Willing   Engineer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Femio Hernández   Engineer
Ok Hee Kim   Engineer
Blue Source   Art Direction
Kevin Dean   Engineer

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Breach 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wallflowers have managed to top their last album with this awesome CD. From Letters from the Wasteland to Birdcage, this record never ceases to entertain, soothe, and amaze me. Sleepwalker showcases Jacob Dylan's unprecedented vocal talents and his passionate will for the music. Keep it coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the guitars, the leslie organ, the sharp drum beats. the magical voice. the sound. they have the sound i love. not glitzy, not treandy. just real, when backstreet, eminem, jennifer, christina, and brittney are old and forgotten. the writing talents of jakob will go on a life time. note to jakob. been a long time bro. good to hear you. what took so long?
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an album! The Wallflowers have successfully followed up their breakthrough album with a work of art. Although it is not their ''sophmore'' album, they dismissed the idea of a slump, and made the unbearable 4 year wait well worth it. It is a walk through Jakob's personal experience with mesmerizing vocals and guitar tabs that will leave you in awe of the band. A must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this CD. The Wallflowers have put all of their heart and soul into this one and it shows. From ''Letters from the Wasteland'' to ''birdcage'' the album is full of real, true heartfelt music. If you're contemplating buying this, get it now you'll have a hard time taking it out of your CD player. **Breach** takes you on a ride through Jakob's mind that is absolutely overwhelming. I love this CD. And catch them live, they're even better in concert.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hanging under the shadows of his father, both a blessing and a burden for anyone who's parents are in the music business, Jakob Dylan and the gang finally step out of the shade. (Breach), unlike its predecessor, shows the vast range of the bands roots and direction. ''I've Been Delivered'', and other songs on the album are much darker and moody than The Wallflowers previous work, but underneath it all, is a bright message about moving on. This album is a real gem, and a MUST for anyones collection. With Jon Brion and Matt Chamberlain who have worked with Fiona Apple & Rufus Wainwright, and Elvis Costello on background vocals, it seems this album was destined to change our view on the band that has spent over 9 years delighting our ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THe wallflowers rock, I love this new album because they didn't change their image like 3Eb and M20 did. It has great lyrics to go with great music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd out of interest, never having heard of the Wallflowers before. Now it's one of my fave cd's (and I have a lot of them)!!!! Jakob Dylan's voice is like velvet, the songs are intelligent, but extremely catchy. I listen to this cd almost every day! This is just plain, straightforward, good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music will never be outdated, unlike the brainless teen pop and rap that is unfortunately dominating the charts. Jakob Dylan is a great songwriter, and an expressive, talented vocalist. Lyrically and melodically, his songs are intelligent and clever, the work of a true artist. All the songs on Breach are excellently written and performed, especially ''Letters From The Wasteland,'' ''Sleepwalker,'' and the beautiful hidden track ''Babybird.'' The Wallflowers rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, first of all, The Wallflowers are one of the best bands to ever play onstage (other than maybe the Beatles). Second of all, they keep it real (i.e. no moony, cliched love ballads or corny semi-dance-remix tunes) and are really good at doing so. Third of all, their songs actually have a deeper meaning to them (hint, hint, all you boy band fans). Really, if it weren't for the fact that I can't change the world (wish I could, though), The Wallflowers would be all anybody'd be able to listen to for the next thousand years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this cd it`s the greatest