Saturday, October 27, 2012

CD Review: The Wallflowers Are "Glad All Over" Their New Album

Late-nineties alternative rockers The Wallflowers are ready to return to their rightful place among today’s top alternative-pop groups. After the release of their 2006 album, “Rebel, Sweetheart” The Wallflowers decided to take an indefinite hiatus. Jakob Dylan, the band’s lead singer, released two solo albums during that time before announcing in 2011 that the band would be heading into to studio to record their first album in over five years. On October 9, The Wallflowers released “Glad All Over” on Columbia Records. The new album was produced by Jay Joyce and debuted at #48 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

It nice to see the band rocking as on the opening song “Hospital For Sinners,” but it’s the album’s first single, “Reboot The Mission” that gets the heart pumping. Mick Jones (The Clash) lends a hand to this song giving it a later day Clash/Big Audio Dynamite sound that is very welcomed on this release. Mick Jones also appears on “Misfits And Lovers,” but doesn’t add as much of his influence to that song. The Wallflowers also keep their signature folk/rock sound on “First One In The Car” and “Love Is A Country” as the songs become short stories within themselves. The band continues to expand their sound and reach a little outside the box on “The Devil’s Dance.” The album closes with “One Set Of Wings” as it feels like 1996 all over again.

The Wallflowers are currently on tour promoting the new album, “Glad All Over.” The tour lasts until mid-November, so be sure to visit for a complete list of dates.

1 comment:

TINML said...

So bummed that this record has done so poorly on the charts. Definitely not a reflection of the great album itself.