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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When the songwriter from a songwriter-driven band steps out on his own the question always hangs in the air: did he need to forsake his band in order to cut this set of songs? In the case of Seeing Things, the first album Jakob Dylan has released outside of the confines of the Wallflowers, he most certainly did. Quiet, reflective, based almost entirely on acoustic guitars, Seeing Things is intimate in a way the road-ready Wallflowers never were, although the tunes are as sturdy and plainspoken as Dylan's songs for the band. Indeed, there's always been a modesty at the core of his writing, so he benefits greatly from this humble setting, masterminded -- as so ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When the songwriter from a songwriter-driven band steps out on his own the question always hangs in the air: did he need to forsake his band in order to cut this set of songs? In the case of Seeing Things, the first album Jakob Dylan has released outside of the confines of the Wallflowers, he most certainly did. Quiet, reflective, based almost entirely on acoustic guitars, Seeing Things is intimate in a way the road-ready Wallflowers never were, although the tunes are as sturdy and plainspoken as Dylan's songs for the band. Indeed, there's always been a modesty at the core of his writing, so he benefits greatly from this humble setting, masterminded -- as so many big-budget down to basics departures are in the 2000s -- by Rick Rubin, known for his stripped-down reinventions of Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. Seeing Things isn't nearly as spare as American Recordings or 12 Songs; anchored on acoustics though he may be, Dylan isn't on his own, as bass, harmony vocals, and keyboards are gently woven into the fabric. This gives the music warmth, but the simplicity of the setting helps focus on Dylan's unassuming, well-crafted songs, songs where melodies are gently insinuating and words are so carefully sculpted it's easy to overlook how nicely he turns a phrase. Like many of his peers, Dylan is casting a wary eye on a war-ridden new millennium, but these aren't protest songs, they work on an emotional level and are appropriately balanced with lighter moments, like the lazy shuffle of "All Day and All Night." All through his career, Jakob Dylan has never pushed too hard; he simply lays it out there, so he's uncommonly suited to Rubin's unadorned production. In Rubin's hands, Seeing Things plays like a songwriter playing his newest songs in your living room -- a seductive feeling that no Wallflowers record ever captured, which is an excellent reason for Dylan to step out on his own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 886970232821
  • Catalog Number: 5003232

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jakob Dylan Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
David Ferguson Musician
Jason Boesel Musician
Z. Berg Musician
Technical Credits
David Ferguson Engineer
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Ken Kraus Representation
Vlado Meller Mastering
Jason Lader Engineer
Rich Egan Management
Dana Nielsen Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jakob ------not disappointing, thrilling!

    He has stepped out from under his father's shadow, but never denying his name. It's in the genes and Jakob is as charming and as mysterious. I bought this after seeing him perform July 6 at the taping of the Mountain Stage NPR radio program.........watch for the airing date! These songs are so familiar, yet so original and well suited. Get this! you'll love it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must be in the genes!

    i recently got 2 Wallflower cds and when i saw this cd to come out i had to get it. My only disappointment is that it is not the 50 minute length of the Wallflower releases. Songs easy to listen to, songs with content, songs fuller the more they are listened to - what more could a guy ask for? (50 minutes maybe?) Very enjoyable listen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    jakob dylan rocks and i especialy love the track evil is alive and well.

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    Posted May 28, 2010

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