Review: Jakob Dylan, ‘Women and Country’



Review: Jakob Dylan, ‘Women and Country’: Aidin Vaziri | The last time Jakob Dylan worked with producer T Bone Burnett was on the breakthrough second album by his band the Wallflowers, “Bringing Down the Horse.” To call the 1996 collaboration a success would be an understatement – it yielded quadruple-platinum sales, two Grammy Awards and three Top 40 singles. On “Women and Country,” Dylan’s second solo outing, they are making music that’s a little more low-key but no less endearing. With mournful pedal steel guitars and Neko Case’s haunting backing vocals winding around his ragged voice throughout the set, songs like “Everybody’s Hurting” and “Nothing But the Whole Wide World” find Dylan sounding oddly inspired, even as he’s waist-deep in contemplation. “I’ve got nothing but the whole wide world to gain,” he sings. More calm and confident than he was on 2008’s Rick Rubin-produced “Seeing Things,” the singer-songwriter may have finally made an album worthy of the family name – and with Burnett’s name on the back, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start clearing off some space on the mantel now.

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