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Women and Country (Columbia, 2010)

Jakob Dylan

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

charging out of the gate sporting the charisma and sound of a budding young rock star, which distinctly contrasted with his famous father's folk music genesis. Now, with his second solo album, Dylan as come full circle by employing T Bone Burnett as his producer; the same master that guided "Bringing Down the Horse," The Wallflowers' breakthrough release.

And the older he gets, the more he becomes like his old man - a sort of musical historian that's a little bit out of time. We Don't Live Here Anymore stands out for its funereal groove and retro banjo coloring, while Lend a Hand leans hard and heavy on a brassy New Orleans jazz groove. The latter's lyric, which praises the virtue of altruism, appears to be about how people needed to come together as one during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And while Dylan may refer to relatively current events, he's also speaking in a (nearly) dead musical language. Both Neko Case and Kelly Hogan greatly help Dylan's cause with their empathetic backing vocals - particularly during the 'I feel your pain' of Everybody's Hurting.

Both Dylans, as young men, displayed a gift for clever wordplay. But now the younger, just like the elder, is writing much more straightforward narratives. Therefore, in this familial instance the phrase, 'Like father, like son' is absolutely appropriate.

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Women and Country, 2010

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