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The Wallflowers
"Bringing Down The Horse"

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track listing
  • One Headlight
  • 6th Avenue Heartache
  • Bleeders
  • Three Malenas
  • The Difference
  • Invisible City
  • Laughing Out Loud
  • Josephine
  • God Don't Make
    Lonely Girls
  • Angel On My Bike
  • I Wish I Felt Nothing

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    "Bringing Down The Horse"

    It's interesting to see how Rock stars' children attempt to follow in the music business. In The Wallflowers' case, Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, puts together a rock band, and in 1996, their first release, Bringing Down The Horse is released. Luckily, for those who remember father Dylan, his voice was so unique, and it's good to see that Jakob didn't continue in the nasal, spontaneous vocal style. Instead, The Wallflowers have distinguished their own sound, easily fitting the adult Rock style.

    The biggest hit that received heavy radio airplay was the opening track, "One Headlight," a great song that inspires one to listen to more of the Wallflowers' music.

    Musically, "6th Avenue Heartache" has the style of the late 70s Dad Dylan could sing this tune, (or better yet, fellow Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty) But when Jakob starts singing, it fits more of today's common Rock sound. "Bleeders" has a more Americana sound (Mellencamp, Springsteen), and for the true Rock fan who enjoyed the music of the past 30 years or so, it seems that there should be more bands today, who play music in the Wallflowers' style.

    "Three Marlenas" does have a similar vocal style to father Dylan, with a laid-back style, this song would be interesting if both father and son had teamed up together. Even so, this song is very entertaining, easy-going, and Americana. And I can't help hearing a resemblance to the Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song, "Sweet Jane," while listening...

    Upbeat Rock best describes "The Difference," and its amazing how at this point of the album how the Wallflowers musical style is not heard enough to define most of today's rock bands. (Somewhere, there are many bands who are, yet not getting the proper exposure they need.)

    "Invisible City" has a more Springsteen sound (in his most recent years), both musically and vocally. "Laughing Out Loud" has the upbeat rock as heard on "The Difference." Another laid-back, and accoustical mixed, "Josephine" is another tune that has the qualities of father Dylan, and Springsteen.

    "God Don't Make Lonely Girls" has the 1980s Springsteen feel; likewise the upbeat "Angel On My Bike," having a great Springsteen and/or Tom Petty Rock style. "I Wish I Felt Nothing" has a more laid-back Country Rock style (Eagles, Jackson Browne).

    Fans of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp will truly enjoy the debut of The Wallflowers. When Springsteen first debuted on the music scene, he was easily compared to Bob Dylan. It's hard to really say that Jakob Dylan will be another Springsteen, and some may say his music may or may not even be similar. But the Rock style is definitely entertaining, just as it is in Springsteen's (and Mellencamp's, and Petty's) music. A very impressive debut from a son of a rock star -- Jakob Dylan, like his father, has developed his own sound. Yet different than that of his father's. A wise move.

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