"It's a dream, it's a dream, girl you're gonna wake up," Jakob Dylan tells us halfway through The Wallflowers' new album, Glad All Over
. Well, at least this album isn't a dream we'll wake up from -- it's a reality. After seven long years, The Wallflowers have finally joined forces again.
The first single from the album, "Reboot the Mission" kicks you in the teeth, making room for the band to step through. Imagine The Hulk walking through and smacking all of the pathetic excuses for modern music out of the way. Real music is back, and The Wallflowers are ready to deliver it.
At The Wallflowers show at the Bowery Ballroom back in July, the band mentioned the kind contribution Mick Jones made to the album, on both "Misfits and Lovers," and "Reboot the Mission." It's hard to deny the influence The Clash had on the band when listening to this album, and Mick's contribution only makes it that much more notable.
A Nashville influence is also clear with the twangy guitar and down-home lyrics of "Constellation Blues." Dylan takes imagery to a higher level, telling the story of others as if he were living it out himself.
Unlike the stale comebacks of some of their peers, Glad All Over
is fresh. The album is full of beautiful lyrics spun together in a perfect web. "Love Is A Country" is a lyrical metaphor, a lovely break that allows you to catch your breath, as all of the songs surrounding it keep you dancing. It would also make a good segue into The Wallflowers if you're unfamiliar with the band, but a fan of Dylan's solo work. Familiar enough for old fans, and current enough for the newer generation, Glad All Over
is sure to please, no matter the case.
You can stream the entire album below, via the band's website