Jakob Dylan: Women and Country

14 04 2010

I once heard someone say that is hard being a woman in the shadow of another woman.  While the comment was directed at women, the same truth can be applied to men.  Whether brother, father, or co-worker, it is hard being a man in the shadow of another man.  Jakob Dylan, stands out as probably one of the more famous musical sons of our generation.  Even so, his individual music and career is overshadowed by comparisons to his father, American music legend, Bob Dylan.

On his own and apart from his father, Jakob Dylan is a Grammy winner and released his second solo album this month, Women and Country.  

Women and Country highlights some of Dylan’s innate ability to craft lyrics and melodies.  Similar to his first album, Seeing Things, we find Dylan to be reflective and imaginative with lyrics such as, “It’s the end of a dragon’s tail, That’s whipping round our heels, But we don’t bow, we make no deals, If we go down we go, Down on our own shield.” We also hear a New Orleans jazz sound in “Lend a Hand,” and find an upbeat melody to more somber lyrics, “Our spirits’ been broken been splintered to bits,” in the song, “Everybody’s Hurting.” 

The standout sounds on the album are from the vocals contributions of Kelly Hogan and The New Pornographers member, Neko Case. Adding tremendous depth to what would already be a good album, the harmonies drive the music forward to greatness.  Country strums, in addition to the harmonies echo the highly awarded compilations between Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, and Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler.  Hopefully Women and Country will be equally as noted in the music world. 

Dylan’s undeserved comparison to his father might never permit him to elude the shadows, but as he sings in the first song on the album, he has “Nothing But the Whole Wide World to gain.  And with a triumph of a second album, Dylan proves that while he might be his father’s son, he is his own man.

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15 04 2010
Is there a melodic death metal band with upbeat melodies?

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