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Red Letter Days
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2003
Growing up with a father who loves, ok maybe obsesses, Bob Dylan it was hard to ignore that he was one brilliant singer songwriter. Naturally, finding that his son was in a band, The Wallflowers, curiousity got the better of me and I ended up buying this album first (I got the others later, one point to say how good this one was.) and I was, to say the least, impressed. Thinking this would just be a band that got to be around because of the fame of Jakob Dylan's daddy and the sound would be the same, it is now that I realise that someone ought to slap my wrists for thinking such a thing.
"Red Letter Days" is a mix of various songs that include ballad types 'Closer to you' and the more rockier sort of 'Everybody out of the water'. I wish I could compare their sound to someone else but I really can't. I'm guessing if you like the softer rock sound then this will be for you, it will be a bit of a change but I think it will be enjoyable. Saying that, I'm a girl who enjoys anything from grunge, metal and punk. Plus, if you grew up with Bob Dylan I do think it's a must and also a crime NOT to get it.
Now, to sum it up really, this album is very. Very. Good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2002
Jakob Dylan and his band have defenitely return with an explosive album. The liberated spirit that dominated the writing and recording sessions shines through in the album's overall bright tone, its variety of moods, and urgent performances. Making itself dramatically known, Red Letter Days moves easily from the warm, melodic "When You're On Top" to the cool, piano-centered "Closer To You," the riff-powered "Everybody Out Of The Water" to the haunting "Health And Happiness," the driving declaration of independence of "Everything I Need" to the rich, organically textured "Here In Pleasantville." Along the way, Dylan brings alternately raw, gritty and soothing vocal turns to his songs, defined by expressions of discovery, silver-lining reflection, hard truths, and overarching optimism. Buy it NOW !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2006
... and geez does Jerry Bruckheimer know it.
I first heard the Wallflowers on the CSI soundtrack and "Everybody out of the water" was my favourite song on there. Later, I heard "Empire in my mind" and fell ini love with the unique and suave sound the band were producing. I didnt realise that Jakob was related to Bob Dylan, (I had been spelling Dylan like Dillon .. but hey, i wasnt around in the 70's lol) The band have a great sound and "Red Letter Days" perfectly captures their flair for the music world. Favourite tracks include "Here in Pleasantville", "Everybody out of the water" and "Closer to you" (The piano is lovely on that track :)
I think you will agree if you buy this album that it is a nice, relaxing CD and has great lyrics and catchy melodies to match.
MeL
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2003
Do you remember the film "Godzilla" ? The soundtrack to that film contained an amazing version of David Bowie's Heroes- this is the same band. The front man of this band happens to be Jacob Dylan - son of Bob Dylan, but The Wallflowers have a unique sound that just gets better the more you listen to their albums. You may not listen to many online reviews, but I am telling you that you must listen to this one ! ! !
5 years on and 11 years into their carreer and with their 4th album, we have this recording.
Red Letter Days is a fantastic album of modern American rock ( rock - not metal or grunge or punk ! )the way it should be done. it came out towards the end of last year and is totally worth you buying! It is full of great songs, the most notable being "when you're on top" , "how good it can get" , "everybody out of the water" & "too late to quit". You have a mixture of full on rock, piano based ballads, uneasy sounding songs with a definate edge and even some dabbling with sampled electronica bass lines. These all contain great guitar work that is unlike much else you will hear this year. All of the songs stand up favourably against the current work of any band- American or British. These are amazingly well written songs that are fully realised and at times very hard hitting.
I'd say that if you like Counting Crows or Train you'll like this, but the Wallflowers are far superior, they have much more of an edge over those bands and a far better sound.
This Album showcases a sound that will appeal to a wide variety of peoples tastes - especially yours. Do yourself a favour and buy this album, it is a "must have" ! 5 stars - trust me on this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2003
This is a great piece of work, with a sound more akin to Tom Petty than Dylan senior. Eccentric, entertaining lyrics, hook strewn, catchy melodies, and a solid rock-pop sound.
Highly recommended
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on 1 September 2015
very good Cd, little known but this is Bon Dylans son a chip off the old block
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on 29 July 2014
lovely music
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on 11 April 2015
excellent
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2009
i ordered this having heard the bonus track and decided i would buy it but it arrived without it so be warned not always there, Amazon had it returned without any fuss so very good for them.
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