Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days

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by The Wallflowers
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Wallflowers' long-awaited third album, Breach, was a strong, confident record that demonstrated clear growth from Jakob Dylan as a songwriter and the Wallflowers as a band. Thing is, everybody ignored it. Critics wrote it off and the large audience Bringing Down the Horse attracted shunned it, leaving the band in an awkward position of having to prove themselves yet again with their fourth album, Red Letter Days. The first striking thing about the album is that its production is a clear reaction to the failure of Breach. Glistening where its predecessor had a semblance of grit, this is a polished mainstream rock record, designed to win back listeners who loved the band by hearing "One Headlight" on the radio repeatedly. Dylan has adjusted his songwriting slightly, too, playing up the hooks and the melodies, which is hardly selling out. Even so, it's hard not to wish that the album had a bit more of the quirks and muscle that gave Breach its backbone. Without it, Red Letter Days isn't quite as forceful, but it is accomplished, melodic, and attractive, especially since the simple fact is, there are very few bands making this kind of post-Tom Petty classicist rock in the 2000s, and those that do don't do it as well, which is why this album is welcome, no matter how glossy the production is.
Rolling Stone - Holly George-Warren
A straightforward barnburner of an album.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949349127
catalogNumber:
493491
Rank:
68060

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wallflowers   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 Credits

Wallflowers   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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Red Letter Days 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
they get better with every cd and this is their best yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.