Jakob Dylan’s new solo album is currently available to listen to in its entirety at AOL’s Free Full CD Listening Parties.
My quick take …
I think Jakob Dylan worked hard to forge his own identity as the lead singer of The Wallflowers. As part of a band, something larger than himself, he had the freedom to cut his musical teeth as Jakob Dylan, and didn’t have to live up to the pressure of being known exclusively as “Bob’s son.” Now that he’s had multi-platinum success, it seems he might be a little more comfortable exploring that whole Dylan thing after all.
And I’m not just talking about publicity photos that are curiously similar to some of his father’s old album covers.
The prominence of his acoustic guitar – and a more folksier sound overall – certainly does bring some familiar tones to mind. Especially with that extra little gravel in his voice these days. I’ve always liked Jakob Dylan’s songwriting, so this album feels more like Bruce Springsteen’s Devil’s and Dust than it does a complete departure from The Wallflowers.
Looking forward to seeing him perform in Buffalo on July 3rd.