Music Review: ‘Women and Country’ by Jakob Dylan

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
By Abbey Khan


Jakob Dylan returns with his second solo album Women and Country, which features musical artists Neko Case and Kelly Hogan as backup vocalists on 8 of the 11 tracks. The highly anticipated album reunites Dylan with longtime friend and Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, with whom he last collaborated on The Wallflowers’ chart topping 1996 record Bringing Down the Horse.

“Everything we care about is an extension of women and country,” said Dylan about the album title, which is referred to in the first song Nothing But the Whole Wide World. “I don’t see that as American. I think that’s the way the world works all over. These things we believe in and strive for are the foundations of what we desire or care about and want to protect. It’s materialism, it’s economy, it’s politics. I do work within the parameters of what’s considered American and rural images, but it’s really women and country—those are the starting points. Those are the beginning and ends of all our efforts, either proactive or reactionary. I really think those matter more now than ever.”

This pure Americana album gets better as it progresses and standouts include Yonder Come the Blues and Truth For A Truth. The former is soothing that even if you don’t remember the lyrics, you’ll be hooked to the melody and find yourself humming the song long after hearing it while the poetic Truth For A Truth has a soft rock’n’roll edge reminiscent of sounds from Bringing Down the Horse.

Rating: B+
Tracks: 11
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Label: Columbia Records


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Lisa J.
Lisa J.
10 years ago

Got Jakob’s cd and “Yonder Come the Blues” is catchy, but I’d like to hear him do more Wallflowers music.