Sunday, April 11, 2010

Country Soul

You know a Jakob Dylan song when you hear it. You know what a new Jakob Dylan song will sound like, even if you've not hear it before. You know he's got a slighty raspy baritone and a propensity towards a rootsy Americana folk that'll draw you into a cocoon of warmth.

His latest solo LP, Women and Country follows in the same vein. It's a stripped down mid-tempo affair that creates a faux-history of an average working man. About standing up for yourself, doing what's right, being honourable and dealing with the world in ways that your moral compass will allow.

With a solid discography (solo and otherwise) and rock-royalty lineage behind him, it's not easy to carve a niche for himself in a mass-marketed musical landscape. But I think his songs speak for themselves. Not as a reference for something else, but rather on the strength of his signature style.

Ps. He gets bonus points for getting Neko Case and Kelly Hogan to appear on the record!

Jakob Dylan - Nothing But the Whole Wide World
(mp3) (buy)

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