The Wallflowers: “Love Is A Country”

Jakob Dylan has always preferred an indirect route to get to the emotional impact he’s seeking.

  233_JRM_1314_RET_FL_CL Although it wasn’t their first album, 1996’s Bringing Down The Horse was the first release by The Wallflowers that broke through to a large audience. Actually, that’s underselling it a bit, since we’re talking about an album that went quadruple-platinum less than two years after its release and ended up being one of the top 100 albums of the decade. A success like that tends to overshadow everything that comes subsequently from an artist, especially in the current musical climate where the rule is "here today, gone tonight." In the case of The Wallflowers, the band has continued to release albums that rise to the peaks of Bringing Down The Horse, while frontman Jakob Dylan has added a couple of excellent solo albums to boot. The band’s last effort, 2012’s Glad All Over, was typically strong, with with the beautifully bittersweet “Love Is A Country” an undeniable high point. Over a musical backdrop that conjures a road trip through lovely yet desolate territory, Dylan uncorks some of his most effortlessly poetic lyrics suggesting the terrain one must travel in the aftermath of a spent relationship. As a songwriter, he has always preferred an indirect route, lined with ingenious metaphors and striking imagery, to get to the emotional impact he’s seeking; on “Love Is A Country,” that impact is devastatingly profound once it hits in full. This is not a journey for the meek or timid, but it’s one that the broken-hearted have no choice but to make. The story begins in the aftermath of some kind of cataclysmic event, as evidenced by the opening lines:... Sign In to Keep Reading

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