It’s been eight years since the last Wallflowers album, 2012’s Glad All Over. The band hasn’t broken up, per se, but frontman Jakob Dylan remains the only original member, as various other musicians have cycled in and out of the lineup.
Essentially, The Wallflowers is a vehicle for the songs Dylan (the sole songwriter) deems appropriate for the full band treatment. Contrast their work to Dylan’s two solo albums, which were entirely acoustic affairs.
It’s been more than a year since I last contributed to my Decades series. To refresh your memory, this is where I highlight albums from a specific year across four decades. I started with 1972 before covering 1982, 1992 and 2002, then moved to 1970, 1980 and 1990. Which brings me to 2000.
As always, I will feature my own top five albums of the year before exploring songs from ten celebrated albums I’ve never heard. All clear?
‘One Headlight’ came on in my car today and I thought that despite what a great song it is, I was pretty sure I’d never featured it on the blog. Turns out I’ve featured only six Wallflowers songs, period, over the past five years.
I tend to schedule my posts according to themes rather than just post really good music. Hell, last week I dedicated five slots to bad music.
Top Songs of 2012 – #15
Kicking off my countdown of the 15 songs I enjoyed most this year is a cut from Glad All Over, The Wallflowers first album in seven years.
Generally, I was disappointed in this album. It didn’t meet the high standards of the band’s previous work, nor of Jakob Dylan’s two solo albums. It’s a bit generic in a way the band has avoided on most of its work.