It’s been six years since we last heard from Jakob Dylan, apart from a few one-off contributions to other people’s work. He released an album with The Wallflowers in 2012 (the band’s first in seven years) but nothing since.
I wasn’t thrilled with that Wallflowers release (Glad All Over) but I love pretty much everything they did in the 90s and 2000s. I also love Dylan’s two solo albums, 2008’s Seeing Things and 2010’s Women + Country, on which today’s SOTD appears.
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Jakob Dylan, who has lived up to his songwriting lineage over several Wallflowers and two solo albums, released a low-key collection of ballads titled Women and Country earlier this year.
I haven’t revisited the album much since I first got to know it because it’s a decidedly somber affair. But song for song it is an assured and meaningful record.
Dylan has settled into a sort of retro folk style that seems influenced more by his father’s influences than by his father’s own music.
After 13 years of recording with The Wallflowers, Jakob Dylan released his first solo album, Seeing Things, in 2008. That album (which I reviewed at the time) was a lovely, low-key acoustic collection of personal and protest songs.
Two years later, Dylan’s follow-up solo effort, Women and Country, has hit shelves (and hard drives) and it makes Seeing Things sound like a Led Zeppelin album.
OK, I’m exaggerating. But Women and Country is a decidedly mellow, sometimes even sleepy album. That said, it is a thoroughly rewarding one that grows richer and more nuanced with every listen.