Red Letter Daysby The Wallflowers
In the astrological realm, "red letter days" are the most chaotic in a person's chart -- marking a period when Mercury goes retrograde and, essentially, turns everything upside down. The latest Wallflowers' effort -- which, given Jakob Dylan's propensity for things non-corporeal, is probably rooted in that precept -- isn't quite that erratic. It does, however, offer a few sharp sonic jolts to go along with the band's trademark cinematic rock sound. The most immediate of the tunes, "Everybody Out of the Water," pulses along on an electrifying guitar riff, courtesy of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, who makes his presence felt on several of the disc's tunes. Equally alluring, albeit on the other end of the intensity spectrum, is the airy "Closer to You," on which Dylan murmurs his sweet nothings over a simple piano-buoyed melody. Still, the Flowers assert their typical anthemic bent on songs such as "Everything I Need" and "When You're on Top," a cleverly constructed, grass-is-greener tale that ranks with the singer's more provocative works. Initial pressings of Red Letter Days feature two bonus tracks, including the band's driving rendition of Elvis Costello's "(What's So Funny About) Peace Love and Understanding."
- Release Date:
- Interscope Records
Performance CreditsWallflowers Primary Artist
Rusty Anderson Guitar
Lenny Castro Percussion
Jakob Dylan Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Rami Jaffee Keyboards,Vibes,Group Member
Val McCallum Guitar
Mike McCready Guitar,Voices
Ben Peeler Lap Steel Guitar
Greg Richling Bass,Mini Moog,Group Member
Mario Calire Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Moe Z M.D. Background Vocals
Courtney Kaiser Background Vocals
Technical CreditsWallflowers Contributor
Bill Appleberry Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Bill Lane Engineer,Engineering Consultant
Bob Salcedo Engineer
David Reed Engineer
Marina Chavez Cover Photo
Tim Durfey Tour Manager
Ken Kraus Legal Advisor
Dave Reed Engineer
Jamie Caliri Art Direction,Packaging
Tobias Miller Producer,Engineer
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they get better with every cd and this is their best yet.
The Wallflowers is quite possibly the best young band that carries on the tradition of such greats as Tom Petty, John Mellencamp and Springsteen. The music that the Wallflowers consistently produces is pure and simple rock and roll in its purest form. Red Letter Days, The 4th album from the Wallflowers is arguably thier strongest effort. The album consists of 12 tracks of hooks and melodies that are the cornerstone of the classic rock songs of the past, yet they all sound surprisingly fresh. A definate must-hear. Don't miss it.
I am a huge wallflowers/jakob dylan fan.Although I must say that they have changed incredible since Bringing Down The Horse (their best album).. I even saw them live about a month ago and I hate to say I was a little dissapointed.. most guys in the band are new too. Red Letter Days is a good CD though I would definitely recommend it.. I think it is a good comeback after Breach.. My favorite song is Feels Like Summer Again (#10).. it's amazing.
Red Letter Days has the same effect, like the other wonderful CD-s of The Wallflowers, it is love on the second sight. I just know the music of the group since April '02, a very good friend recommended to me to watch out for the new record of The Wallflowers. His opinion is very important to me, so I bought the three previous CD's and became a fan of the Flowers. At first time you just realise a quite simple music,unspectacular presentation and probably you are wondering about Jacob's moaning and groaning ;-) wise of singing. But this would be an unfair superficial assessment. It is a must to listen again and again to the songs, because than happens something miraculous, you love them each time more and more, until you don't want miss them ever. What can musiciens wish more?
If you are a true fan, there's no reason to not have it. It's really a great CD and the more I listen to it the more I like it.. of course it's not better than bringing down the horse, but then again, could anything be? I do consider it better than Breach though. My favorite songs are everyobody out of the water, closer to you, and number 10.. something summer. dont miss it!