“It's been a while since we've felt this energized and creative," says Jakob Dylan of his first recordings of The Wallflowers after the band's nearly seven-year hiatus. "We haven't changed our stripes so much as we're continuing to redefine the animal." The stark country folk songwriting that marked Dylan's two solo recordings during the break -- one produced by Rick Rubin, one by T Bone Burnett -- has been jettisoned for the rich, rock-driven sound of their earlier "One Light" mid-90's period. Producer Jay Joyce (Brandi Carlile, The Whigs) certainly had a hand in helping shape The Wallflowers return to the full aural textures and spacious arena-friendly power but it's the groove and grit and Dylan's fine return to form as a songwriter -- and loose-gripped bandleader -- that make the Glad All Over (October 9, Columbia) such a welcome and inspired surprise. On "It Won't Be Long (Till We're Not Wrong Anymore)" and our fave "First One In the Car" Dylan sings like an odd mix of famous father, Warren Zevon and Tom Petty as the band kicks hard with a sound that is as much layered key chordings as air-guitar-ready riffs. Catch The Wallflowers next week on Live From the Artists Den on PBS.
The Wallflowers - "It Won't Be Long (Till We're Not Wrong Anymore)" (from Glad All Over)
The Wallflowers - "First One In the Car" (from Glad All Over)