Jakob Dylan-Women And Country

Alright, I’ll just come right out and admit it, the only reason I gave Jakob Dylan/The Wallflowers a chance years ago was because of his last name. People who know me know how big of a Bob Dylan fan I am, and I figured anyone with his genes has to have some talent, right? Luckily, yes, Jakob does, lots of talent in fact. After his success with The Wallflowers, Jakob has released two solo albums, his most recent being Women And Country. The album has a more darker, fuller sound than his previous one (Seeing Things), which was mostly acoustic and sparse. With backing vocals provided by Kelly Hogan and Neko Case at various points in the album, some of these songs sound like they could have been sung by the duo of Johnny Cash and June Carter some 40 or 50 years ago. A lot of the songs on this album seem to have a dark somber feeling them, in the case of a song like “Everybody’s Hurting“, it’s a message of universal pain, the realization that everyone has their own pain no matter where they are in life. “Smile When You Call Me That” has to be considered one of the saddest songs on the album, with lyrics like “Not much is certain but this much is true/ My arms are useless if they don’t have you/ They hang around me with nothing to do/ I’m hoping you and yours are lonesome, too“, this is sure to be a song that will comfort someone through a breakup at some point. While I can’t imagine anyone writes a song hoping someone is listening to it while going through heartache, some songs are just meant for that, and Dylan can write those with the best of them. Other standout tracks on this album: “We Don’t Live Here Anymore“, “Truth For A Truth”.

  • Everybody’s Hurting
  • Smile When You Call Me That

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